GREENSBORO, N.C. (6/24/10) -- Guilford College Athletic Director Tom Palombo tabbed veteran instructor and coach Dave McCain as the Quakers' new head men's and women's tennis coach Thursday. McCain spent the previous five years coaching both tennis teams at neighboring Greensboro College. He also serves as director of tennis at the Precision Golf School and Tennis Academy in Greensboro.
McCain guided Greensboro's women's team to a 38-50 overall mark in five seasons and ranks third among the school's all-time coaching wins leaders. He coached Carrie Pacifico, a three-time USA South Athletic Conference Player of the Year and two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Four Pride students combined to win seven all-conference honors in his five seasons, including Michelle Lemmons, also a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American.
As a men's coach, McCain is 33-57 in seven seasons, which includes two years as mentor of Sangamon State (Ill.) College from 1980-82. His 21 coaching victories at Greensboro stand second in school history. He directed the Pride's David Sutton, the 2007 USA South Player of the Year and a two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. McCain made his coaching debut at Sangamon State (now the University of Illinois-Springfield) where he coached the school's first two men's tennis teams and garnered NAIA District 20 Coach of the Year recognition both seasons.
The bulk of McCain's 43 years of coaching experience has come through personal instruction of both juniors and adults on the national and international levels. His students have won 12 United States Tennis Association (USTA) gold balls, earned over $6 million in college tennis scholarships and captured USTA national junior indoor and clay court titles.
One of McCain's top students, his daughter, Kelly, was the top-ranked NCAA Division I player and a two-time All-American for Duke University. She later embarked on a two-year stint on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and reached a #119 world ranking. McCain was an assistant coach for Duke's 2009 NCAA championship team and now works with her father at Precision.
Dave McCain also coached Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels, who achieved a #15 ranking on the WTA Tour and captured two singles and 11 doubles crowns as a professional.
McCain's son, Dan, played collegiately for the University of Michigan where he was ranked as high as 18th in the nation. Dan is the head women's tennis coach at California State University Bakersfield.
Before moving to Greensboro, Dave McCain worked with aspiring tour professionals at the IFPA Tennis & Fitness Academy in Tampa, Fla. He served three years as the Academy Managing Director for the Saddlebrook International Tennis program in Wesley Chapel, Fla., where he designed personalized tennis training, fitness and tournament preparation for developing players. McCain also ran the McCain International Tennis Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., home to 30 sectionally and nationally ranked juniors.
McCain, who started playing tennis when he was eight, lives in Greensboro with his wife, Sue. Sue played college tennis at Southern Illinois University and coached the women's team at Sangamon State.