Ale Pedergnana is in her sixth year as an assistant coach of the Navy women's tennis team.
On the court, Pedergnana has helped Navy to an 80-22 overall record during the program's first four competitive years, a 13-2 Patriot League regular-season mark and an appearance in the Patriot League Tournament finals in each of the last three years.
Pedergnana has been instrumental in Navy's success over the last five 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. The last two classes earned mid-major honorable mention recognition.
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 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 will be inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. She will also be inducted into the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor of her high school, St. Francis Prep, in 2014.
Pedergnana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2006, and recently received her master's degree in adolescent and sports psychology. She resides in Annapolis, Md.