STATE COLLEGE – Penn State women’s tennis coach Chris Cagle announced he is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities in tennis. Cagle spent five full seasons at the helm of the women’s tennis program and a total of eight years at Penn State, including three as an assistant with the men’s team.
Cagle’s resignation is effective May 31. A national search for Penn State’s 11th women’s tennis coach will begin immediately.
“We are very appreciative of the impact Chris Cagle has made on our student-athletes,” said Sandy Barbour, vice president for Penn State intercollegiate athletics. “Chris has led our women’s tennis program with integrity, high character and a positive attitude throughout his tenure at Penn State. On behalf of our ICA team, we wish Chris and his family all the best in this new chapter in their lives.”
“My eight years at Penn State have been some of the best times of my life and for my family,” Cagle said. “I have made the very difficult decision to pursue an opportunity that will put me closer to my family, and provide additional tennis opportunities for my son Drew, as the director of tennis at the Randy Pate Tennis Academy and LTP in Mount Pleasant, S.C.”
Cagle directed the Nittany Lions to 11 wins during the 2019 season, the team’s most dual-match victories since 2015. The Nittany Lions reached a team ranking of No. 49 this year, their first top-50 ranking since the 2016 season. Penn State also knocked off then-No. 48 Virginia Commonwealth for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2015.
Cagle had served one season on staff with Jeff Zinn at Wake Forest before coming to Happy Valley.
Before joining the Demon Deacons, Cagle established himself as one of the top junior tennis coaches, coaching players to 10 national junior titles. In addition, Cagle coached and trained women’s players that won NCAA singles, doubles and team Championships.