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HEAD COACH CINDA RANKIN

Cinda Rankin has built the Washington and Lee women's tennis program into one of the best in the nation. As head coach for the past 18 years and the co-head coach for the two years prior to that, she has compiled an enviable record of 358-56 and led the Generals to 13 straight NCAA Division III top six finishes, including national runner-up finishes in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

Rankin was named the ITA National Coach of the Year in 1995 when she led the Generals to a third place finish at nationals and in both 1996 and 2005 when W&L finished as the runner-up. Additionally, Rankin has led W&L to 16 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships and has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year 10 times.

Rankin, who also serves as W&L's assistant athletic director, became W&L's first full-time female athletic staff member in 1985 following the school's coeducation. She has helped bring women's athletics at W&L to national prominence and under her leadership W&L has developed a strong women's athletics program that includes nine varsity sports.

Rankin came to W&L after a successful coaching career on the high school and collegiate levels. In three years at Humboldt State University in California, Rankin took a losing basketball program and turned it into a winner. On the high school level, Rankin was twice selected the Virginia High School League's women's basketball Coach of the Year after leading her Clifton Forge teams to the state championship game in consecutive years.

Rankin also coached a district championship team in women's volleyball and has coached tennis and track and field on the high school level in both Virginia and California. A 1970 graduate of Humboldt State with a degree in physical education and Spanish, Rankin has also earned her M.A. from Humboldt State in physical education.

She and her daughter Kathryn make their home in Lexington.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670