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Catherine Dunagan
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Presbyterian
Graduating Year: 2007
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 864-833-8251

Catherine Dunagan is in her sixth season as the head women's tennis coach at Presbyterian College.


Last season, PC got off to its best ever start in the Division I era, winning its first five matches of the year, all coming on the road. The Blue Hose would go on to total 11 victories on the year, including six away from Clinton. Tracy Johnson totaled 16 singles victories in her freshman campaign to set the single-season win record in PC's Division I era.


In 2015, Dunagan led the team to its first-ever winning season in the Division I era. Senior captain Caroline deLoach compiled 15 singles wins to set a single-season win record at the time, until Johnson was able to surpass the total in 2016. DeLoach ended her career with 48 career wins, which is an all-time high in the PC Division I record book.


PC also won its first Big South Conference match in nearly three years with a 4-3 victory over Longwood on March 28, 2014. The win marks the first conference victory for the team since the 4-3 defeat of UNC Asheville on April 12, 2012 during Dunagan's first season as head coach.


In Dunagan's third season, her recruiting class produced two Freshman of the Week awards and the team toppled Wofford for the second straight season. The program's Division I doubles and singles career records fell in 2014 as well.


Dunagan led the Blue Hose to the team's first-ever Big South Conference Women's Tennis Championship tournament in 2013 and two different Big South Conference Players of the Week, as well as the program's first win over Wofford in the Division I era.


The former PC star's first season saw the Blue Hose capture 10 wins for the first time since moving to Division I.


Dunagan returns to PC, where she starred as a player, after two seasons as the head women’s tennis coach and compliance officer at Newberry College. While at Newberry, Dunagan guided the Wolves to a four-win season in 2011 after taking over a team that went winless in 2009, improving the record in each year. She also helped produce an All-South Atlantic Conference First Team selection and an ITA Scholar-Athlete during her tenure.


Prior to Newberry, Dunagan served as the Director of Tennis at Woodlands Country Club in Columbia, S.C., after working as the assistant tennis professional at the Rockbridge Club for two years.


As a tennis professional, Dunagan offered tennis lessons to adults and children, as well as organizing tennis camps and coaching high school league teams. She also holds a certification with the Professional Tennis Registry.


While at PC, Dunagan (then Catherine Bankhead) served as co-captain for two years and played at the top flight in singles and doubles for three consecutive SAC championship-winning teams in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She earned all-SAC honors all four years and was also named to the all-SAC tournament team from in 2004, 2005 and 2006, capping her career by winning the SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player award in 2007.


Dunagan helped the Blue Hose to a combined 24-1 record in South Atlantic Conference competition during her four years as a player. She received her degree in 2007, majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics at PC.


She is married to David Dunagan, a 2008 graduate of Presbyterian. They have a daughter, Ellis.

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