Pacific men's tennis is excited to welcome Coby McCaig, a five-star recruit from Modesto, California, to the program. McCaig will be eligible to play for the Tigers as a freshman during the 2019-20 school year.
McCaig, who is currently a senior at Modesto High School, has reached the Section Final in singles in each of the last three seasons and was the Sectional Champ in 2016 and 2018. He is ranked as a top-80 player on the USTA Junior Circuit and is top-10 in Northern California. In his three seasons at Modesto High School, he's posted a phenomenal 61-1 record and will make a fourth run at a Sectional title this spring.
"I am thrilled to welcome Coby McCaig to the Pacific men's tennis program," head coach Ryan Redondo said. "Coby is a wonderful young man and a true student of the game and his best tennis is just around the corner. I have been so impressed with Coby since I first met him when he was 12-years-old and when I got to know him more throughout the recruiting process learning about his academic successes and his drive to become a professional tennis player, I knew in my heart he was going to be a great Tiger."
The addition makes McCaig the third player on the current roster from California. McCaig was one of the first top national recruits to come out of the Central Valley in decades and with his commitment to Pacific, he will stay in the Central Valley. He is also the first player from the Central Valley to play on Pacific's men's team in at least 20 years.
McCaig chose Pacific over top programs such as Kentucky and Arizona. In the end, it was Pacific that won the player's signature to a National Letter of Intent over fellow West Coast Conference school, Gonzaga.
"I chose the University of the Pacific because they have a history of preparing players for the Pro Circuit after graduating and that's always been a dream of mine," McCaig said. "I also liked the idea of representing the Central Valley at a local college where I've seen their program and am familiar with the coaches."
McCaig comes from a family of athletes, his mother, Leticia, was a four-time All-American and went on to play three years of professional tennis while his father, Richard, played two years of collegiate tennis. McCaig's commitment checks playing college tennis like his parents did, and Pacific will set him up well to be a professional in the future like his mother was.
"Some of my goals while attending Pacific will be to become an All-American like my mom did when she played, help the team to win conference championships, advancing to play in the NCAA Championships, and graduate with academic honors," McCaig said. "I'm really looking forward to playing for coach Redondo who was a great player in his day. Having spent time on the Pro Circuit himself, I think he will be a great mentor for my game and be able to help me reach my full potential. GO TIGERS!!!"