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McCormick resigns as CU tennis coach

5623LLEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland tennis coach and Game Operations Manager Bill McCormick has resigned from his position, effective immediately, Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced Wednesday. Andres Burgos and Angelica Sepulveda will share coaching duties until a replacement can be found.

McCormick just finished his seventh season as the tennis coach at Cumberland for both the men’s and women’s programs. He led the CU men to three straight NAIA National Tournament appearances from 2012-14 and the women reached the national tournament in 2013 and 2016 as well. McCormick also took over as the department’s Game Operations Manager in January 2015.

McCormick led the men’s team to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in 2013 and 2014 and CU posted a 52-28 mark in a four-year stretch from 2011-14. The Phoenix won the TranSouth Conference regular season championship in 2012 and tied for the TSAC regular season title in 2011.

Cumberland claimed the 2014 Mid-South Conference regular season championship as well, the program’s fourth MSC crown. He was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year in 2012.

Antonio Manuel Marcelo garnered NAIA All-America honors three straight years from 2012-14 while Pedro Rodrigues was a Second Team selection in 2013 and Pablo Borrero earned Second Team accolades in 2014.

Cumberland got off to a 1-4 start in 2014 but then won 13 consecutive matches to rise to No. 6 in the national rankings, defeating five ranked opponents along the way, including sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson to win the Mid-South regular season title. The Phoenix defeated No. 11 Concordia [CA] University in the Round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Georgia Gwinnett in the quarterfinals.

The Phoenix got off to a 12-2 start during the 2013 season en route to a school-record 19 victories, with upsets of NCAA schools Belmont and North Alabama as well as four wins against NAIA ranked opponents. The club lost in the conference tournament championship match but won twice at the NAIA National Tournament, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

Cumberland started the 2012 campaign with 11 consecutive victories and finished the regular season 15-1 overall, winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship. CU lost to Xavier [LA] University in the finals of the NAIA Qualifying Tournament but received an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament, the program’s first trip to the postseason since 2007. The squad won its opening match before falling to eventual national champion Fresno Pacific in the Round of 16.

In his seven seasons he coached five NAIA and two ITA All-Americans, 21 All-Conference performers, three Conference Players of the Year and one Freshman of the Year. In addition 13 CU players were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 27 earned Conference Scholar-Athlete honors.

He took over the women’s program and immediately won the TranSouth regular season championship in 2010. The club finished the year 9-8, falling to Georgetown College in the NAIA Qualifying Tournament. He rebuilt the women’s team over the next two years with three freshmen and one transfer.

CU returned to national prominence in 2013, finishing 14-7 overall and reaching the NAIA National Tournament for the first time under McCormick. The squad won three matches against ranked opponents and six of its seven losses came to Top 10 competition. Angelica Sepulveda earned Second Team All-America and Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year honors during the campaign.

The Phoenix suffered through and up-and-down campaign in 2014, playing most of the season with just four healthy players. Despite all of the struggles, the squad finished 9-8 overall, including victories over Belhaven University and No. 14 Coastal Georgia.

Despite injuries again, Cumberland posted a 12-8 mark in 2015 that included victories over No. 21 William Carey and 25th-ranked Campbellsville University. Five of the club’s eight defeats were to NAIA Top 10 teams and two others came against NCAA Division I opponents. Sepulveda garnered Second Team All-America honors.

In 2016 the Phoenix were just 5-7 before winning seven straight outings in April, falling in the finals of the conference tournament. The squad defeated sixth-ranked William Carey in March and returned to the national tournament for the second time under McCormick, finishing the year 12-9 overall with seven defeats to ranked opponents. Sepulveda was named a First Team All-American, her third career All-America accolade.

McCormick is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified professional with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has worked as the Head Professional at four different tennis clubs and served as the Head Pro and Director of Tennis for more than 10 years at the Gallatin Civic Center/Municipal Tennis Facility in Gallatin, Tenn.

Previously McCormick spent 10 years as the Head Pro and Director of Tennis at Indian Lake Swim and Tennis Club in Hendersonville, Tenn., from 1995-2005.

Before moving to Nashville, McCormick was the Tennis Director for Courtyard Racquet Club, a multipurpose indoor and outdoor facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. As director he was in charge of all junior and adult tennis programs and special events.

He had worked previously as the Head Professional at Queen City Racquet Club in Cincinnati for 10 years, coaching many nationally ranked juniors, including several who won national junior and collegiate championships.

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