Cecchini named Bucknell’s women’s tennis coach

LEWISBURG — After a successful five-year stint at Valparaiso, Tammy Cecchini has been named head women’s tennis coach at Bucknell, director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax announced on Monday.

Cecchini spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Valpraiso, and then she took over as head coach the following season. Cecchini guided the Crusaders through a period of progress during her four seasons as head coach. In 2017-18, Valpo posted its highest win total since 2006-2007 while winning a combined 73 singles matches and 38 doubles matches. Cecchini helped Jelena Vujanic to a Missouri Valley Conference individual title at No. 1 singles in 2018, which represented the school’s very first MVC champion in any sport.

Cecchini becomes just the fourth head coach in the 45-year history of the Bucknell women’s tennis program. She takes over for Rebecca Helt, who recently stepped down after 22 years at the helm.

A native of Bloomington, Minn., Cecchini received her bachelor of arts degree in economics from Penn State in 1995. She was a two-year team captain and played No. 1 singles and doubles for three years for the Nittany Lions. In 1991 she was named the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year.