Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m., Monument Valley Park Courts
Reigning Mountain West Player of the Week
Tennis coach wins sectional award from USTA and ITA
USAFA Women's Tennis Invitational
Before joining the Falcon coaching staff, Dargene spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the women's tennis team at the University of Wyoming.
Prior to working at Wyoming, he spent three years as a volunteer assistant tennis coach and administrative intern at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. During that time, he served as the head tennis professional and program coordinator at the University Athletic Club (June 2004-June 2006), while providing tennis lessons for the University of Iowa's Recreation Services Department (June 2002-June 2006). His responsibilities included all aspects of tennis management at the club which entailed private lessons, junior programs, adult clinics and leagues.
Dargene began his collegiate career as a student-athlete at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He compiled winning records at the Nos. 2 and 3 singles positions and the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles spots. He was also honored as the NEC Athlete of the Week and received the Most Improved Athlete Award given by his team during his sophomore season.
An avid tennis player, he started taking lessons at the age of five and began playing in junior tournaments when he was 12. Throughout his juniors career, he was a highly-ranked USTA player in the Northern Illinois District, including being ranked number one in the USTA boys 18 and under in 1998. In high school, Dargene was a three-time state qualifier earning all-conference honors twice and all-state once. During that time, he was named the team MVP as a junior and senior, while being named a team captain.
Dargene earned a bachelor's of business administration in marketing with a minor in political science from the University of Iowa in 2003. He completed his master's in sports and health studies from Iowa in December of 2006. In the fall of 2010, Nick was named instructor of the semester for lifetime sports. at the Academy.