McCain Named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year

May 24, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. - Washington women's tennis coach Patty McCain was named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced at its national award winners banquet on Sunday.

McCain guided the Huskies to the NCAA quarterfinals last week, matching the best-ever finish for a UW women's tennis squad after her 2001 team also advanced to the Elite Eight. Washington reached the semifinals at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February and boasted its highest rank in school history (fourth). The Huskies were a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, also the best ever seed for a UW team. Washington finished the year with a 21-6 overall record, equaling their best win total performance under McCain. Her team accomplished all this despite losing six seniors and three starters from the 2003 squad.

McCain is the first UW women's tennis head coach to earn the national honor. In her seventh year at the helm, she led Washington to seven-straight NCAA tourney appearances. McCain was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2001, 2003) and the 2001 Northwest Region Coach of the Year. A 1987 Stanford graduate and two-time NCAA singles champion, McCain was also inducted into the Cardinal's Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year.

The other national award winners were: ITA Senior Player of the Year - Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal), ITA Rookie of the Year - Jelena Pandzic (Fresno State), ITA National Player to Watch - Alexis Gordon (Florida), ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year - Ramiro Azcui (Indiana), ITA/Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award - Alicia Salas (Notre Dame), ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship - Courtney Nagle (Oregon).

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