Univerity of Tennessee men's tennis coach Michael Fancutt has resigned, and associate head coach Chris Mahony will take over for the remainder of the 2004-05 season, according to Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director.
Fancutt cited family concerns as one reason for his resignation.
"The amount of work-time necessary - not only for coaching but also for recruiting on a global basis - is certainly a consideration for me and my family at this time," Fancutt said. "My wife Elisabeth and I are expecting our second child in January, and the desire for more quality family time is important to us."
Fancutt took over five-win team after the 1997 season and led a speedy ascent back to national prominence. In his first season, he led the Vols to a final national ranking of No. 19 and received SEC Coach of the Year honors.
Two years later, Tennessee captured the SEC regular-season championship and reached the 2000 NCAA semifinals, the first of three straight trips to the Final Four.
The run included a national runner-up finish in 2001.
"We appreciate Michael Fancutt and what he has meant to our tennis program, both as a student-athlete and as a coach," Hamilton said. "He leaves us having returned our program to national prominence. We wish Liz and him all the best."
Fancutt coached five players to All-America seasons, with Peter Handoyo, Mark Persons, Mario Toledo, Simon Rea and Damien Spizzon earning the honor a combined seven times.
With one SEC regular-season title, an SEC Tournament crown and six NCAA appearances under his coaching belt, Fancutt leaves as UT's second-winningest men's tennis coach with a 123-57 (.683) record in seven seasons.
"I feel confident in leaving the team in the hands of a person of the caliber of Chris Mahony," Fancutt said. "He has the experience and has been associated with top-ranked players and championship teams. I'm sure he will continue to be successful here."
Mahony, a native of Brisbane, Australia, graduated from UT in 1996. He earned All-America honors in 1995 and 1996, and also captured the 1996 ROLEX National Indoor Doubles championship with partner Pablo Montana.
In 1999, Mahony was hired as an assistant coach and was named ITA Region III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002. He was promoted to associate head coach that same year.
Vol tennis coach steps down
Published: Wed Nov 10, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:34 p.m.