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Mike Fenwick is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Penn State. Fenwick came to Happy Valley after spending the 2009-10 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Baylor men's tennis team.
In four seasons Fenwick has helped coach Penn State to some of their best seasons in program history. During the 2013-14 season Fenwick helped provide stability for the women's team that caught the injury bug and saw a coaching change. Along with interim head coach Chris Cagle, Fenwick helped the Nittany Lions earn their first win over Nebraska in team history and saw freshman Dasha Sapogova earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors.
Sapogova tallied 15 wins in singles play during her first spring on campus, the most by a freshman since Lauren Holzberg had 16 in 2006. Fenwick also helped to develop the team's three seniors who were his first class coming into Penn State. All three seniors finished in the the top 20 for most career singles wins in program history and top 30 in career doubles victories.
During the 2012-2013 season Fenwick helped lead the Nittany Lions to their best season since 2000-2001 when the Nittany Lions made the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions totaled a 14-8 record including victories over 10 teams in the Final ITA Team Poll. Fenwick was named ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in only his third season with the program.
The Nittany Lions started the season with 10 straight victories and had two players win postseason conference awards. Petra Januskova received her third straight All-Big Ten First Team Award and Jacqueline Zuhse was a Sportsmanship Award Honoree. Fenwick played a pivotal role in coaching Januskova and Chelsea Utting into one of the top pairs in the nation. The duo knocked off five nationally ranked pairs en route to the NCAA Doubles Tournament and became only the third Nittany Lions pair in program history make the tournament.
During the fall Fenwick coached Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting to one of the most successful fall seasons in team history, seeing them compete in two invite-only Tournaments. Januskova and Utting competed in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships and Januskova competed in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships featuring the top 32 players in the country. Januskova also took home the Singles Championship at the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament.
As a volunteer assistant coach, Fenwick helped the Baylor Bears to a No. 7 ranking in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll with a 24-7 record. The Bears also landed two singles players and three doubles teams in the national rankings. Additionally, Fenwick taught tennis classes for the health, human performance and recreation department at Baylor and served as an instructor at the Waco Regional Tennis Center.
Prior to his tenure at Baylor, Fenwick spent four years as an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs at Western Illinois. He helped guide the Leathernecks to the Summit League regular-season title in 2008, the program's first regular-season conference title. Fenwick also had a hand in producing a Mid-Con Men's Newcomer of the Year, a Mid-Con Men's Player of the Year and 10 men's and women's all-conference selections while in Macomb. The WIU men also claimed the 2006 Mid-Con Tournament title and earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2006.
Fenwick graduated from Western Illinois University in 2006 with a degree in business management. He also earned his master's degree from WIU in recreation, park and tourism administration in 2009. Fenwick played tennis at Quincy University in 2004-05 after spending time at Sauk Valley Community College (2002-03) and Illinois Valley Community College (2003-04). Fenwick's brother, Chad, is the director of tennis/head men's and women's coach for Ashford University.
Fenwick was a teaching tennis professional in his native Dixon, Ill. He has also worked summer tennis camps run by the Naval Academy and Pepperdine University.