When the name Patty Fendick-McCain is brought up, it’s hard to know where to start — her careers as both a player and coach are stacked with accolades.
Upon retiring from professional tennis in 1996, Fendick-McCain accepted the position of Head Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of Washington. She built the program into a top 5 NCAA Division I tennis program and was named Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year in 2004. In 2005, she accepted the position of Head Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of Texas and led the Longhorns to several Big 12 Championships and multiple top 25 national rankings before retiring in 2014. Her teams made the NCAA Tournament in all 17 of her years at the helm.
Her ability to relate to her players came in part from being an excellent player in her own right. Not only did she win two NCAA singles titles while playing for Stanford, she was also named MVP of the NCAA’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s and was selected as the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the sport’s first 25 years.
Her professional career highlights include reaching the #4 spot in the world rankings for doubles and #19 for singles, and winning 25 WTA titles in doubles and three in singles. She achieved her most notable Grand Slam results at the Australian Open, reaching the doubles finals in 1988 with Jill Hetherington and taking the title in 1991 with Mary Joe Fernandez. In 2014, Fendick-McCain retired from college coaching to focus more on a highly important piece of her life: her family.
Fendick-McCain is now the CEO of First Serve Consulting, where she offers guidance and planning for prospective tennis players looking to play collegiate tennis.
- Back-to-back NCAA single titles while playing for Stanford (1986- 1987)
Doubles finalist at US Open (1988)
Won Doubles Title at Austrailian Open with Partner Mary Joe Fernandez (1991)
Named MVP of NCAA’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s
Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at University of Washington (1997- 2005)
Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at University of Texas (2005-2014)
Selected as NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the sport’s first 25 years (2006)
Coached Longhorns to NCAA Round of 16 (2008, 2010, 2012)
Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year (2004)
Won 25 WTA doubles titles during her professional career
2-time doubles semifinalist at Wimbledon (1986, 1990)
Doubles semifinalist at the French Open (1995)
Singles quarterfinalist at the Austrailian Open (1990)
Represented the United States on 2 Federation Cup Teams and 2 Wightman Cup Teams