Alan Nagel completed his 35th year as head tennis coach of Queens College in 2013-14. Alan co-coached the men’s team for his first three years and then became the women’s head coach for the past 32 years. He also served as the Interim Head Men's Tennis Coach once again in the 2013-14 campaign, where he led the team to the NCAA Championship. The team, which had a paltry roster of just six players (with three walk-ons) posted a 12-9 overall mark, advanced to the ECC Championship and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. Additionally, the team defeated three Division I opponents in the fall season.
For the past five seasons, Queens’ women’s tennis has been on an amazing ride. Coach Nagel guided the Knights' women’s tennis team to five straight NCAA Championships including four straight NCAA Final 16 appearances. The last two were held in Louisville, Kentucky and Surprise, Arizona, respectively. The other two were held in Orlando, Florida. Queens College’s rankings soared to #1 in the east for 2 consecutive years and for the other two season, they were ranked #2 in the east. During the past five years they were also ranked nationally. Their highest ranking was 22nd in the country and they have been consistently in the mid-high 20’s. Last year, the women’s team beat the 15th team in the country; with 27 straight ECC regular season wins without a loss. Queens has won the past four regular-season, ECC championships.
In 2014, the Knights lost to just three different opponents all year, en route to a #32 national-ranking as well as a 19-5 overall record and a 7-1 ECC ledger. The team had an eight-game-winning streak during the season and the combo of Jenna Plevako and Aylin Mehter won the doubles competition at the ITA championships. They were both named All ECC at the conclusion of the season.
During Nagel’s tenure, his record speaks for itself. His Queens College teams have won 500 matches, while losing 140 for a very impressive overall winning percentage of .781. In 1995, the first DII regional playoff (which included Pennsylvania state schools) was won by Queens who went on to their first final 16, NCAA championship appearance, later that year. Since then, Queens has been invited to appear in 12-straight NCAA championships from 2001 to 2013 and has appeared in five NCAA final 16 rounds.
When Nagel started, Queens College was a DIII school. They were in the Met Conference/Liberty Division along with DI, DII and DIII schools including: Manhattan, Wagner, LIU and Hofstra; all of whom Queens beat on a regular basis. In fact, Queens won the Met/Liberty Conference eight times and had a five-year championship winning streak from 1990 to 1995. In addition, Queens women’s teams had impressive wins over DI elite teams such as: St John’s, Fordham and Fairfield.
In 1989, Queens joined DII as a member of the NYCAC conference and was allowed to offer scholarships for the first time. In 1995, Queens became the first team to win the regionals and attend the round of 16 in Davies, California with a team of all New York City residents. When Queens secured off-campus housing and then later built dormitories for student athletes the team began to include foreign and out-of state students. Which over time, led to 12 straight NCAA championship bids and nine conference championships. This year’s team includes players from: Poland, Russia, as well as Florida, Arkansas and New York.
Coach Nagel earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Miami and his Masters in Physical Education and Health at Brooklyn College. He went on to earn an additional 30 credits at Queens, St Johns and Old Westbury colleges. He taught Physical Education for 33 years in the New York City school system. As a high school baseball player, he pitched for Far Rockaway High School where he earned All-Queens honors, pitched in the semi-finals of the city championship and was on the team that won the city championship in his sophomore year.
Nagel also served as the tennis Director and Head Pro at the Hamlet, a prestigious tennis community in Jericho, Long Island, for 28 years. His individual coaching accomplishments include winning the NYCAC (which became the ECC Conference) “Coach of the Year “ eight different times: 2001-2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Also in 2011, Coach Nagel was awarded the Inter-Collegiate Tennis Association (ITA), East Coach of the Year. For the past five years he has served on the ITA Rankings Committee and for several years he served on the NCAA Selection Committee.