Nick Dargene Named Women's Tennis Assistant Coach
Sept. 9, 2008
Nick Dargene has been hired as an assistant coach for the Air Force women's tennis program, according to head coach Kim Gidley. Dargene spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Wyoming women's tennis program.
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 was 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.
"I am thrilled to have Nick join the women's tennis program at the Air Force Academy," said Gidley. "He was worked under several respected coaches that had successful programs and they had nothing but great things to say about Nick. I believe he will be a great addition to our program."
Dargene began his collegiate career as a student-athlete at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He compiled winning records at the number two and three singles positions and the number one and two 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 in health studies from Iowa in December of 2006.