Penn State women’s tennis head coach Chris Cagle announced on Monday afternoon that he is stepping down to become the Director of Tennis at the Randy Pate Tennis Academy and LTP in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Cagle spent five seasons at Penn State direction the women’s tennis program and a total of eight years at Penn State, including three as an assistant with the men’s tennis team. His resignation is effective May 31.
According to the university, a national search for a replacement will begin immediately.
“We are very appreciative of the impact Chris Cagle has made on our student-athletes,” said athletic director Sandy Barbour in a press release. “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 added. “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... I would like to thank Sandy Barbour, Charmelle Green, Mike Cross, Jan Bortner and Dave Joyner for believing in me and my staff to lead our student-athletes to a lifetime of impact. Their leadership and resolve to make Penn State the nation’s premier athletic department and premier athletic-academic experience for our 800 student-athletes is demonstrated on a daily basis."
Cagle saw the Nittany Lions to 11 wins during the 2019 season, the team’s most dual-match victories since 2015. Penn State 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 VCU for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2015.
In addition to the experienced gained and successes this season, there weren’t any graduating seniors on the 2019 roster.
The 2015 Nittany Lions finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 9-4 record, marking the program’s highest-ever finish in the conference standings. Cagle also mentored and developed Kimberly-Ann Surin (2016) and Dasha Sapogova (2014) to All-Big Ten honors.