Becky Gagnon

Coach


A graduate of J.W. North High School, Becky Gagnon’s run as a head girls tennis coach at ML King and Arlington High Schools was simply incredible, making her perhaps the best Girls Tennis coach in the history of Riverside County.

Becky Gagnon
  • Biography

    A graduate of J.W. North High School, Becky Gagnon’s run as a head girls tennis coach at ML King and Arlington High Schools was simply incredible, making her perhaps the best Girls Tennis coach in the history of Riverside County. In her 33 combined years at the two schools, Becky was 583-130, an 82% winning percentage. She oversaw only two losing seasons in that time.  Her teams made 8 CIF quarterfinal appearances-3 Semi-Final appearances and 1 trip to the CIF Finals finishing as runner-up. Her teams made the CIF playoffs for 30 straight years and won 24 League Championships. The most amazing stat might be that her ML King teams went 239-3 in league play in the 24 years she led the Wolves. However, though the numbers are impressive, Coach Gagnon’s impact goes well beyond the numbers.

    “Becky Gagnon is the one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around, “said her longtime teaching and coaching colleague at King and Arlington, John Corona. “It’s not just about her success on the court but what she has brought to the table as far as serving her student-athletes. From the day we met back in 1988 at Arlington High, nothing changed in the way she approached her responsibility to her kids-her program and her school. If you were an opposing coach, you knew you would get a tough, hard-fought battle from her teams. However, she wouldn’t sacrifice dignity, sportsmanship and fair play in the pursuit of that victory. I daresay she would rather lose than sacrifice those virtues for a win.

    “I’ve always had a great love of coaching,” said Gagnon, whose experience dates back to coaching gymnastics at the Riverside YMCA. “Personally, the wins were nice but that’s not what I will remember. The greater joy for me was seeing their excitement over what they were able to accomplish through their hard work; through their teamwork and through their togetherness.”

    Gagnon has been named a CIF State Model Coach of the Year (2007); a CIF (SS) Champion of Character Award winner (2022); Press Enterprise Coach of the Year (2018) and was named to the Riverside Sports Wall of Distinction (2017). She has also been recognized by the Positive Coaches Alliance and by the United State Tennis Association for her positive impact on the sport of tennis.

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