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Women's Tennis - Mon, Jul. 10, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian tennis program is experiencing changes to its staff as Cassie Mackell has announced she will step down as head women's coach to focus on her assistant athletic director duties, as announced by athletic director Steve Downing Tuesday afternoon.

"First, I want to thank the university for allowing me to coach the women's tennis program for the past nine years," said Cassie Mackell. "I have enjoyed my time coaching the ladies and developing a competitive tennis program within our conference. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to resign as the women's head tennis coach so I can spend more time with our daughter, Becca, who was born this past April."

Mackell led the Knights to their first-ever outright Crossroads League regular season championship in 2014-15 as she guided MU to a flawless 8-0 mark in league play. In the previous three seasons, MU finished runner-up in both the regular season and tournament with a 7-1 record in league play.

"Cassie has done a great job with our women's tennis program," said Downing. "She has been equally as good in an administrator role and I am excited to continue working with her in that capacity. Cassie will be difficult to replace as a tennis coach, but we will do everything we can to find someone who can continue the program's recent successes."

Mackell's career record as a head coach was 149-77 with a career record of 66-15 in Crossroads League play. Her 2011-12 team set a single-season school record for wins after a 21-6 season. She was named Crossroads League Coach of the Year four times.

Mackell led the Knights to their first-ever win over Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall of 2015 to snap the Wildcats' record fall season winning streak at 241 matches and snapped the Wildcats' streak of league championships at 18 consecutive titles.

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