Bill McCormick enters his seventh season as the tennis coach at Cumberland for both the men’s and women’s programs. He led the CU men to three straight NAIA National Tournament appearances from 2012-14 and the women reached the national tournament in 2013 as well. McCormick also took over as the department's Game Operations Manager in January 2015.
McCormick led the men's team to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in 2013 and 2014 and CU posted a 52-28 mark in a four-year stretch from 2011-14. The Phoenix won the TranSouth Conference regular season championship in 2012 and tied for the TSAC regular season title in 2011. Cumberland claimed the 2014 Mid-South Conference regular season title as well, the program's fourth MSC crown.
Antonio Manuel Marcelo garnered NAIA All-America honors three straight years from 2012-14 while Pedro Rodrigues was a Second Team selection in 2013 and Pablo Borrero earned Second Team accolades in 2014.
Cumberland got off to a 1-4 start in 2014 but then won 13 consecutive matches to rise to No. 6 in the national rankings, defeating five ranked opponents along the way, including sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson to win the Mid-South regular season title. The Phoenix defeated No. 11 Concordia [CA] University in the Round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Georgia Gwinnett in the quarterfinals.
Marcelo, Borrero and Rodrigues all garnered First Team All-Mid-South Conference recognition and Diogo Soares and Andres Burgos both earned Second Team honors while Marcelo was voted MSC Player of the Year for the second straight season. McCormick was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year as well.
The Phoenix got off to a 12-2 start during the 2013 season en route to a school-record 19 victories, with upsets of NCAA schools Belmont and North Alabama as well as four wins against NAIA ranked opponents. The club lost in the conference tournament championship match but won twice at the NAIA National Tournament, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Marcelo, Borrero and Rodrigues were all First Team All-Mid-South Conference honorees and Burgos earned Honorable Mention recognition. Borrero also earned MSC Freshman of the Year accolades and McCormick was named Coach of the Year.
Cumberland started the 2012 campaign with 11 consecutive victories and finished the regular season 15-1 overall, winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship. CU lost to Xavier [LA] University in the finals of the NAIA Qualifying Tournament but received an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament, the program's first trip to the postseason since 2007. The squad won its opening match before falling to eventual national champion Fresno Pacific in the Round of 16.
Marcelo was voted TranSouth Conference Player of the Year and McCormick earned Coach of the Year honors as well. Rodrigues, Burgos, Evan Sanna and Na'im Azhar garnered All-TranSouth Conference recognition and Sanna and Rodrigues were both named Capitol One Academic All-Americans.
In his six seasons he has coached five NAIA and two ITA All-Americans, 19 All-Conference performers, three Conference Players of the Year and one Freshman of the Year. In addition 12 CU players have been named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 24 have earned Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. Also they have garnered 14 Conference Player of the Week accolades.
He took over the women's program and immediately won the TranSouth regular season championship in 2010. The club finished the year 9-8, falling to Georgetown College in the NAIA Qualifying Tournament. He rebuilt the women's team over the next two years with three freshmen and one transfer.
CU returned to national prominence in 2013, finishing 14-7 overall and reaching the NAIA National Tournament for the first time under McCormick. The squad won three matches against ranked opponents and six of its seven losses came to Top 10 competition. Angelica Sepulveda earned Second Team All-America and Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year honors during the campaign and Sepulveda, Alena Gizdić and Antea Dedić all garnered First Team All-MSC accolades and Anita Rácz was an Honorable Mention selection.
The Phoenix suffered through and up-and-down campaign in 2014, playing most of the season with just four healthy players. Despite all of the struggles, the squad finished 9-8 overall, including victories over Belhaven University and No. 14 Coastal Georgia. Sepulveda and Dedić were both First Team All-Mid-South Conference selections and Gizdić earned MSC Player of the Week honors twice.
Despite injuries again, Cumberland posted a 12-8 mark in 2015 that included victories over No. 21 William Carey and 25th-ranked Campbellsville University. Five of the club's eight defeats were to NAIA Top 10 teams and two others came against NCAA Division I opponents.
Sepulveda garnered Second Team All-America honors while Sepulveda, Gizdić and Tarsha de Souza were voted First Team All-Mid-South and Gisela Amor Garcia was a Second Team selection.
McCormick is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified professional with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has worked as the Head Professional at four different tennis clubs and has served as the Head Pro and Director of Tennis since 2000 at the Gallatin Civic Center/Municipal Tennis Facility in Gallatin, Tenn.
Previously McCormick spent 10 years as the Head Pro and Director of Tennis at Indian Lake Swim and Tennis Club in Hendersonville, Tenn., from 1995-2005.
Before moving to Nashville, McCormick was the Tennis Director for Courtyard Racquet Club, a multipurpose indoor and outdoor facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. As director he was in charge of all junior and adult tennis programs and special events.
He had worked previously as the Head Professional at Queen City Racquet Club in Cincinnati for 10 years, coaching many nationally ranked juniors, including several who won national junior and collegiate championships.
McCormick received a bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Bearcats, serving as team captain and earning All-Metro Conference honors during his career.
MCCORMICK - MEN'S TENNIS RESULTS
|2014-15||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||0-14|
|2013-14||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||15-6||NAIA National Tournament|
|2012-13||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||19-5||NAIA National Tournament|
|2011-12||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||18-3||NAIA National Tournament|
|2010-11||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||7-6|
|2009-10||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||4-11|
MCCORMICK - WOMEN'S TENNIS RESULTS
|2014-15||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||12-8|
|2013-14||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||9-8|
|2012-13||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||14-7||NAIA National Tournament|
|2011-12||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||6-10|
|2010-11||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||3-13|
|2009-10||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||9-8|