Women's tennis assistant to be honored by her college and high school.
Ale Pedergnana is in her eighth season as an assistant coach of the Navy women's tennis team in 2015-16.
On the court, Pedergnana has helped Navy to a 121-37 overall record during the program's first six years at the varsity level, a 22-3 Patriot League Regular Season mark and four appearances in the Patriot League Tournament finals.
In 2014-15 Pedergnana helped Navy to a 20-7 overall record and Navy beat Army for the first time in series history with its 4-3 Star Match win at West Point. Navy posted its fifth-straight 20-win season and with its 4-0 conference record, Navy went undefeated in Patriot League play for the third time in program history.
Navy received the No. 1 seed for the Patriot League Tournament and carried a 12-match winning streak into the tournament championship match, where the Mids fell to Boston University. Three Midshipmen, Logan Antill, Amanda Keller and Kristine Rojo, earned All-Patriot League Second-Team Honors.
In 2013-14 Pedergnana helped Navy to a 21-8 overall record and the program's fourth straight 20-win season. Navy advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals and a 7-0 sweep of Loyola on April 13 gave Navy's its 100th program win in just five varsity seasons.
Three Midshipmen earned All-Patriot League honors in 2013-14 with senior Erin Snook being named to the all-league first team. Senior captain Darien Sears and sophomore Sam Droop were both selected to the all-league second team. Additionally, sophomore Mikaela Carlson was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team. She became the first Navy women's tennis player to earn academic all-league honors.
In 2012-13, with their first full recruiting class serving as the team's leaders as seniors, the squad compiled a 25-5 record, setting a school record for wins. After starting the year with a 2-3 record, the Midshipmen ran off a school-record 17 straight wins and would finish the year by winning 23 of its last 25 matches. The Midshipmen reached the Patriot League Tournament finals for the third straight year and finished the year ranked 10th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Atlantic region rankings. Three players earned all-Patriot League accolades, including 2013 grad Emani Decquir, who was honored as Navy's first major award winner, the Patriot League Player of the Year.
Pedergnana has been instrumental in Navy's success over the last six years, serving as a dynamic recruiter and helping Navy land several highly-regarded classes according to TennisRecruiting.net. She played a vital role in Navy's second class, which was ranked as the 25th-best mid-major recruiting class in the country.
Pedergnana joined head coach Keith Puryear as they led Navy through the transition from becoming a club power to a force on the Patriot League level.
Pedergnana became an assistant coach at UMBC in the fall of 2006 after four outstanding years on the courts for the Retrievers. The duo of Puryear and Pedergnana earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors for both men's and women's tennis in the 2006-07 campaigns after leading the men's team to their first America East Championship and the women's team to the conference finals.
Pedergnana put together an outstanding four-year career on the tennis courts for the Retrievers. As a freshman, Pedergnana won 27 matches and was named all-Northeast Conference in the Northeast Conference. She earned all-America East honors in 2004 and gradually rose to the top of the UMBC "ladder" and played at number one singles during her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match in UMBC's most impressive win of the year, a 4-3 triumph over Army. The native of Queens, N.Y., won her last eleven singles matches of the season and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record.
At the junior level, Pedergnana was ranked as high as fifth in the nation in doubles, was in the top 50 in the nation in singles and in the top five in the Eastern section. She won a bronze ball at the 2002 Winter Super Nationals and a silver ball at the 2006 USTA National Women's Open Indoor Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., both in doubles competition.
Pedergnana was named one of two Outstanding Senior Female Athletes of the Year at the 2006 UMBC Varsity Awards ceremony. Pedergnana is a member of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2014) and the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor (Class of 2014) of her high school, St. Francis Prep.
Pedergnana graduated from UMBC with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006 and also received a master's degree in adolescent and sports psychology in 2010.
She resides in Annapolis, Md.
# GO NAVY #