KNOXVILLE — Sonia Hahn-Patrick announced Friday that she is stepping down as co-head coach of the Tennessee women’s tennis program to pursue other opportunities.
“It has been an absolutely wonderful opportunity to lead this program for nearly 20 years,” Hahn-Patrick said. “I spent some time at the end of this season reflecting on my career and decided it was time to pursue some other interests. I can’t thank our university, our athletics administration and most importantly, the wonderful student-athletes I have had the opportunity to coach, enough for their support over the years. It has truly been honor to be a part of this program.”
Head coach Mike Patrick will immediately begin a national search for Hahn-Patrick’s replacement.
“Sonia has been instrumental in our successes and invaluable in dealing with our student-athletes over the years,” Patrick said. “She has certainly helped me become a better coach. Everybody associated with our program would like to thank Sonia for her dedication and effort in leading our program for so many years. I credit her vision and leadership for so many of the accomplishments we have had over the years. She gave everything she had to this program, and I will forever be grateful for being able to work with her. I know how driven she is, and I look forward to seeing what project she tackles next.”
With Hahn-Patrick sharing co-head coaching duties since 1998, Tennessee finished in the top three in the SEC standings six times and finished in the top 20 of the ITA national rankings 11 times. The Vols twice advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships (2002 and 2010) and reached the national semifinals in 2002. Tennessee recorded more than 300 team wins during her tenure.
She also coached the top-ranked singles player in the country (Vilmarie Castellvi in 2002) and the top-ranked doubles team in the country (Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota in 2010) while at UT.
As a duo, the Patricks twice won SEC co-Coaches of the Year honors (2001 and 2009). They were also tabbed as the ITA National Co-Coaches of the Year in 2001 after Tennessee went 25-4 (10-1 SEC) and finished the year ranked No. 6 in the country.