Catherine Dunagan is in her first season as the Furman women's tennis assistant coach.
"I could not be more excited to welcome Coach Dunagan and her family to our Furman family," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen. "I have had the pleasure of working with her before and have seen firsthand how she has grown a team and a culture at Presbyterian and cannot wait for her to bring those skills here to help our program continue to grow on the national stage. She is a great coach but is an even better person, and there is no one else who I would rather have mentoring our student athletes."
Dunagan came to Furman from Presbyterian, where she served as the head women's tennis coach for seven seasons. The winningest coach in Division I program history at Presbyterian, she amassed 74 wins at the helm of the Blue Hose program and achieved the first three winning seasons in Division I history in 2015, 2017, and 2018. She led Presbyterian to its first Big South Conference tournament victory in 2018, as the Blue Hose upset Charleston Southern, 4-2, in the opening round to advance to the semifinals.
In 2017, under Dunagan's tutelage, Tracy Johnson became the first Blue Hose player to earn All-Big South first team accolades after posting a 14-7 record. At the 2017 ITA Regional Championship, Dunagan coached Beth Taylor and Brittany Nuttall to victories over Davidson and Elon as the Blue Hose duo reached the round of 16.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Herendeen and the Furman women's tennis team," said Dunagan at the time of her hiring. "He has a great vision for the program, and I am excited to help him achieve our goals as we look to advance the program to national recognition. I am grateful for Mike Buddie, Jodi Welp, and Caroline Kingsdorf, and their trust in Coach Herendeen in supporting this decision to join the Furman family. I look forward to being a part of a great support staff and working family to provide these student-athletes with a great collegiate experience."
Prior to her time at Presbyterian, Dunagan spent two seasons as the head women's tennis coach and compliance coordinator at Newberry.
A native of Opelika, Ala., Dunagan earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Presbyterian in 2007. A four-year letter winner for the Blue Hose, she played in the No. 1 singles and doubles position, leading Presbyterian to four-straight conference titles and a 24-1 league record during her career. A four-time All-Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC) selection, Dunagan was honored as the SAC Tournament MVP as a senior. She also earned the Greek Athlete of the Year award as a Zeta Tau Alpha member during the 2006-07 season.
Dunagan and her husband, David, a native of Gainesville, Ga., who is a 2008 Presbyterian graduate, have two daughters, Ellis, 6, and Sloane, 3.