Villanova, Pa. -
The 2018 season marks 50 years of women sports at Villanova University. The Wildcats’ first women sport was tennis, which played their first match in 1968.
To kick off the 50th year celebration, Villanova Athletics recognized Dr. Robert Langran, the first women’s tennis head coach, during the women’s basketball home game against Seton Hall today.
Langran reestablished the men’s tennis program in 1967 after a 25-year absence and one year later he began the first women’s tennis program.
In the fall of 1968, several women on campus decided they wanted to form a tennis team and they asked the men’s tennis coach, Dr. Langran, if he would consider coaching them as well. He obliged and remained their coach for 25 years. His willingness to add another responsibility to his already full academic and athletic plate led to the first Villanova Women’s athletic team.
During his time as the men’s coach, he compiled a total of over 323 wins and a winning percentage of .647. He had a career record of 305-132 as the women’s tennis coach with a winning percentage of .698. Overall, Langran’s combined record consisted of over 600 wins with a .670 winning percentage.
In 1992, he was inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame for his strong dedication and effort to the athletics program.
Today, Villanova has 13 women’s sports teams and we will honor all of those sports with a series of celebrations throughout the year. More information regarding future recognitions will be available soon.