Penn State Women’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Cagle Resigns
Penn State women’s tennis head coach Chris Cagle announced his resignation from the program, effective May 31.
Cagle’s eight-year tenure as a tennis coach at Penn State will wrap up at the end of the month. He served as an assistant coach for the men’s program before taking charge of the women’s program on an interim basis after Dawana Denny-Wine’s resignation in December 2013. He spent five full seasons in charge of the women’s tennis program and led it to a 45-65 record since taking the head coaching gig full-time.
“We are very appreciative of the impact Chris Cagle has made on our student-athletes,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a release. “Chris has led our women’s tennis program with integrity, high character and a positive attitude throughout his tenure at Penn State. We wish Chris and his family all the best in this new chapter in their lives.”
The Nittany Lions had a bounce-back 2018-19 season after struggling in the three prior seasons. They went 11-11 and were ranked No. 49 in the nation at one point, which was Penn State’s first top 50 ranking since 2016. Cagle’s program went 21-43 from 2015-2018 before this year’s improvement.
In his debut season with the program, Cagle guided the Nittany Lions to a program-best fourth place finish in conference play and 13-11 record overall. Penn State also made it to the Big Ten semifinal before losing to Michigan.
Although Cagle’s resignation won’t take effect until the end of the month, Penn State athletics says a national search for the 11th head coach in program history will begin right away.
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