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Women’s Tennis Coach Dawna Denny-Wine Resigns

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Yet another Penn State coach has stepped down as Dawna Denny-Wine, the head coach of the women’s tennis team, announced her resignation this afternoon. This comes after three head coaches resigned this summer — swimming and diving’s John Hargis, baseball’s Robbie Wine, and softball’s Robin Petrini. Fencing head coach Emmanuil Kaidanov was most recently fired in August for arguing with a staff member over an athlete’s drug test.

The athletic department announced Denny-Wine’s resingation this afternoon and stated that Chris Cagle, currently in his third season as an assistant men’s tennis coach under Jeff Zinn, will take over for Denny-Wine as the interim head coach of the women’s team. Athletic director Dave Joyner said that a national search will be conducted in 2014 to find a replacement.

“I am very appreciative of Dawna’s contributions to the women’s tennis program and Penn State,” said Joyner. “We thank Dawna for her service to Penn State and wish her all the best.”

Denny-Wine was in her seventh season as the leader of the women’s tennis team, amassing a 50-86 record during her tenure at Penn State. She previously coached for five years at North Texas before coming to Happy Valley.

Cagle, her temporary replacement, has previously served as a volunteer assistant coach with Zinn at Wake Forest. He played collegiate tennis at North Carolina-Wilmington and was the schools’ first two-time team captain in the sport. Cagle has also trained and worked with female tennis players that have gone on to win NCAA championships in both singles and doubles, so he seems to be a good fit for the team, at least for the time being.

The women’s tennis team has finished its fall tournament season and is preparing for the spring campaign, which kicks off on January 18 when the team hosts Cleveland State and Bucknell at the penn State Indoor Tennis Center.

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