Mike  Patrick

Mike Patrick

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Middle Tennessee State, '79

RECORD AT TENNESSEE: 473-310 (.604)
CAREER RECORD: 529-338 (.610)

Individual Success

  • No. 1 Ranked - Singles:
    2003 -- Vilmarie Castellvi
  • No. 1 Ranked - Doubles:
    2010 -- Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey
  • NCAA Singles Finalists:
    2003 -- Vilmarie Castellvi
  • NCAA Doubles Finalists:
    2010 -- Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey
  • SEC Player of the Year:
    2003 -- Vilmarie Castellvi
  • All-American Selections:
  • All-SEC Selections:
  • NCAA Singles Selections:
  • NCAA Doubles Selections:

A respected leader in the coaching community, Mike Patrick has established a reputation for his ability to elevate collegiate tennis programs and players to the highest level of performance.

The 2016-17 season will be Patrick's 30th guiding the Tennessee women's tennis program.

The winningest coach in Tennessee women's tennis history, Patrick has a career record of 529-338 (.610).

Before compiling a 473-310 (.604) mark with Tennessee, Patrick put up a record of 47-12 (.797) as Kentucky's head coach, as well a 9-16 (.360) mark as the men's coach at Arkansas in 1986-87.

Since taking over at UT, Patrick has seen 23 squads reach top-25 national finishes in the rankings.

The highest came in 2000-01 when the Orange and White finished sixth in the country and second in the SEC, the highest conference placement in program history.

He has also guided multiple players to All-America status, places on All-SEC teams and spots as high as No. 1 in the national rankings.

Under his direction, 13 Vols have accumulated All-America honors representing four countries and nine states. Six of those have earned multiple All-America honors including Caitlyn Whoriskey (3), Natalie Pluskota (3) and Kata Szekely (2).

A Lady Vols doubles duo reached the semifinals in the NCAA Tournament for the second time when No. 3 ranked Szekely and Brynn Boren achieved the feat in 2013.

For the third consecutive season, UT reached the ITA National Indoor Championships in 2012 at the beginning of the season and at the end the doubles duo of Pluskota and Szekely earned All-American honors by reaching the semifinals of the doubles tournament.

Tennessee earned hosting rights in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2011 and four members of the team reached the individual tournament.

In 2010, Patrick continued to add to his impressive résumé, leading the Orange and White on its deepest postseason run since 2002.

UT advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships before falling to No. 5 Notre Dame. Tennessee finished the season ranked 13th in the Campbell's/ITA poll and had four players named to the All-SEC team.

Additionally, Patrick helped push the doubles team of Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota all the way to the individual doubles finals of the NCAA Championships.

Whoriskey and Pluskota finished the season atop the Campbell/ITA doubles rankings, becoming the first players in school history to end the season ranked No. 1 nationally. They were named All-Americans and to the ITA All-Star team.

He and Sonia Hahn-Patrick were named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Co-Head Coaches of the Year.

Prior to that season, only three other duos had been ranked in the top 10 for doubles, all under Patrick's leadership. Margie Lepsi and Manisha Malhotra were fifth in the 1996-97 season and seventh at the conclusion of the 1997-98 campaign. Vilmarie Castellvi and Melissa Schaub came in at No. 6 after the 2002-03 season.

In 2002-03, Patrick coached Castellvi to more than just All-SEC and All-America honors. He steered his player to the Orange and White's first-ever SEC Player of the Year award.

Castellvi later earned All-America status for the second-straight season in singles and picked up the recognition in doubles for the first time.

During the 2003 NCAA Singles Championship, Castellvi went on to become the first Lady Vol to finals of the tournament and ended the year with a final ranking of No. 1.

Castellvi was given the prestigious Honda Sports Award for tennis, which honors the nation's most outstanding woman athlete. She is the only Lady Vol netter to win the prize.

While Patrick has assisted in leading Tennessee to 23 showings at the NCAA Tournament, the deepest run came in 2002. The Lady Vols, who had previously never advanced past the NCAA round of 16, reached the semifinals before falling to SEC-rival Florida.

During the run to the semifinals, Patrick also captured his 300th-career victory as a head coach at the collegiate level with a 7-0 win over Illinois on Jan. 27, 2002.

Almost exactly six years later in 2008, Patrick would defeat Illinois again, 6-1, this time for career win No. 400.

At the 2004 NCAA Tournament, Patrick's Lady Vols defeated North Carolina to give him his 200th victory as a Tennessee head coach. In 1993, Patrick earned his 100th win at Tennessee when the Lady Vols defeated Kentucky in their final regular-season dual match.

Patrick's success hasn't gone unnoticed by those in the tennis coaching community, as he was named SEC Co-Coach of the Year in 2009, and received the same honor for the first time in 2001.

Also in 2001, the ITA dubbed the Mike and Sonia as National Co-Coaches of the Year. He has received the ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year award in 1992, 1999, and 2001.

In 1986, while coaching at Kentucky, he took home the SEC Coach of the Year award.

His first Tennessee squad finished the season ranked 22nd in the country. Since then, the Lady Vols have enjoyed 23 trips to the NCAA Championships, 11 berths in the ITA National Indoors and 10 20-win campaigns.

Other Coaching Positions

Patrick began his coaching career at Kentucky in 1984. His first team held the school record for most wins in a season with 25 until the 2005 Kentucky squad went 26-6.

Kentucky enjoyed two 20-win seasons during Patrick's two-and-a-half year stint in Lexington. The Lady Kats were ranked as high as sixth in the country under Patrick, and his 1985-86 team finished second in the SEC, a feat that earned him SEC Coach of the Year honors.

He left Kentucky to become the head men's tennis coach at Arkansas.

Patrick's duties and success extend far beyond the UT campus. He has been active in coaching on the national and international scenes as well as with the area's top junior talent. He has also served on various ITA committees.

Some of his previous tours of duty have included coaching U.S. Soisbault Cup teams and serving as a coach for the USTA National Team.

In 1987, he served as head coach of the U.S. tennis team at the World University Games and coached the U.S. World Youth Cup and Continental Cup teams. He was also the coach of the U.S. Junior Federation Cup team in 1986 and 1987 and the U.S. National Team from 1988-92.

Additionally, Patrick served as an associate director at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Fla., from 1979-84.

While there, he helped write the book, Tennis Your Way. He has also been the touring coach for numerous professional players.



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