Patty McCain Named Women's Tennis Head Coach At Texas
July 12, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - Washington women's tennis coach Patty McCain, the 2004 ITA/Wilson National Coach of the Year and two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has been named the women's tennis head coach at the University of Texas, UT Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky announced Tuesday.
McCain, who engineered the Husky program into one of the best in the nation during her eight-year tenure, will begin her appointment at Texas immediately. McCain replaces long-time Longhorn women's tennis coach Jeff Moore who resigned his UT coaching position after 23 years on June 22 to assist in the UT Athletics fundraising area as an assistant to Plonsky.
McCain began her first collegiate coaching position at Washington in 1997 and led the Huskies to eight-straight NCAA Tournament appearances including three trips to the Sweet 16 (2001, 2003, 2004) and two trips to the quarterfinals (2001, 2004). Washington also finished tied for second twice in the Pac-10 standings (2001, 2003).
She mentored all four of UW's All-Americans (Kristina Kraszweski, Claire Carter, Darija Klaic and Dea Sumantri) who earned a combined 12 All-America honors. Prior to McCain's arrival at Montlake, the Husky program had made only one NCAA tourney showing and had not had an All-American performer.
'I am grateful to Washington for giving me my start in coaching,' McCain said. 'The Husky family has meant the world to me these last eight years. I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of such a tremendous environment and community for so long. This was the most difficult decision in my life with regards to playing or coaching but I feel it is the best option for my family at this time.'
'Under Patty's leadership, our women's tennis program gained national attention and respect,' UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Marie Tuite said. 'Patty set the benchmark for excellence, both academically and athletically. We thank Patty and wish her and her family the best of luck as they embark on this new challenge. We will immediately begin a national search to find Patty's successor.'
In 2004, McCain was named the ITA/Wilson National Coach of the Year and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. That season, the Huskies ranked as high as fourth (a school-best) and finished the year ranked ninth. Two other squads - the 2003 and 2001 teams - finished sixth and 11th, respectively, in season-end rankings.
McCain's Huskies also excelled in the classroom as all eight of her squads were honored as ITA All-Academic teams and 22 of her student-athletes were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
McCain came to Washington on the heels of a highly successful playing career, winning two NCAA singles championships for Stanford in 1986 and 1987, and leading the Cardinal to NCAA team titles in 1984, 1986, and 1987. In fact, she won her first NCAA singles title in Austin, as UT was host of the NCAA National Championships.
McCain set the NCAA record for consecutive victories at the number one singles position (57) during her Stanford career, a record that stood from 1987 until 2001. As a senior she was named the Honda Broderick Cup National Women's Tennis Player of the Year, Tennis Magazine's College Player of the Year, and the Arthur Ashe Award Winner for Sportsmanship. She was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame in 2003.
McCain turned professional in 1987 and starred on the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) Tour. Before stepping away from the WTA Tour in 1995, she ranked as high as fourth in doubles and 19th in singles, winning 26 doubles titles and three singles championships.
McCain is a native of Sacramento, Calif., and is married to Scott McCain, a former ATP Tour player who coaches on the men's professional tour. They have two daughters, Keegan (4) and Hayley (2).