UNIVERSITY PARK Chris Cagle was named the new head coach of the Penn State women’s tennis team on Monday, dropping the “interim” tag from his title.
Cagle had been leading the Nittany Lion program since Dec. 6, when Dawna Denny-Wine resigned.
“I am unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to lead the Penn State Women’s Tennis program into the future,” Cagle said in a statement. “I would like to thank (Director of Athletics) Dr. Dave Joyner, (Associate Athletic Director) Charmelle Green and the entire search committee in believing in me and my vision for our program in the coming years. Penn State is the perfect combination of academic and athletic opportunities. We will strive to make our student athletes better each day, both on the court and in the classroom. Penn State’s reputation of integrity, world class academics and athletic success will be the cornerstones of our program.”
Cagle was in the middle of his third season as an assistant coach for Jeff Zinn and the men’s team when he was asked to move over to the women’s program. He also had coached with Zinn as a volunteer for a season at Wake Forest, and prior to that coached at the junior level. He played at North Carolina-Wilmington from 1989-93.
Cagle will be leading a very young Nittany Lion team, with 10 of the 13 team members last season were either freshmen or sophomores.