May 4, 2006
Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA announced today that Stanford graduate Patty Fendick-McCain has been named Division I Tennis Most Outstanding Student-Athlete for her accomplishments in NCAA championships. The honor, which was bestowed as part of the NCAA's 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships, takes into account outstanding performances over the past 25 years.
Fendick-McCain competed in tennis at Stanford from 1983-87. She claimed the NCAA Division I singles championship as a junior and senior (1986, `87), while leading Stanford to three NCAA team championships (1984, `86, `87). She also was a 1985 NCAA singles semifinalist and a 1987 NCAA doubles finalist. Fendick-McCain set the NCAA record for consecutive victories at the No. 1 singles position (57) during her Stanford career, a record that stood from 1987 until 2001.
Fendick-McCain was the recipient of three prestigious awards as a senior in 1987 -- the Honda Broderick Cup, as national women's tennis Player of the Year; Tennis Magazine's College Player of the Year; and the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship. She also was singled out as the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA's "All-Decade Team" for the 1980's, and also was Stanford's "Player of the Decade" for the 1980's. Fendick-McCain was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Sacramento native earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford in 1987 and is completing her thesis for a master's degree in education at St. Mary's College in California. Fendick-McCain currently serves as the head tennis coach at the University of Texas, Austin. She came to Texas from the University of Washington, where she coached for eight years.
An NCAA panel selected the most outstanding student-athlete in the sport of tennis. The panel consisted of current and former coaches, athletics administrators, sports information directors, and coaches association members, who used historical data and championship results to make their decision.
The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships begin May 12, with Stanford serving as a regional host on may 12-13, as well as the host for the team, singles and doubles championships, which begin on May 18.