Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307
Wanda McPhail has completed thirteen years at Meridian Community College. She coaches both the men's and women's teams. In her thirteen-year stint, the men have won the Region XXIII championship nine times: 2002, 2004-2005, and 2007-2012. They were the state runner-up in 2003, 2006, and 2013. . The men have competed in the national tennis tournament twelve years consecutively. The 2005 men's team finished the national tournament in 19th place. The women's team was the Region XXIII runner-up in 2002, was the Region XXIII/State Champions in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and 2008-2013. They were the runner-up 2002, and 2007. They have been to the national tournament twelve years consecutively. The 2003 team ended the season ranked no. 7 in the nation in the NJCAA Division II rankings. The 2004 team ended the year no. 11 in the ITA rankings. The 2005 team finished the season ranked no. 12 in the ITA rankings. The Lady Eagles finished the 2006 tournament in fourteenth place. The Lady Eagles finished the 2013 season ranked number eight in the nation in Division I. Charlotte Heidelberg, Pascagoula, MS; Sierra Woolery, Morton, MS; Anna Vavrik, Russia; and Ivanna Echezuria received ITA All-American honors under Coach McPhail's leadership. Matic Leskovar of Slovenia is the lone male player to have received this honor while at MCC. The Lady Eagles have finished two seasons ranked no. 10 in the nation. The MCC men's team finished the 2008 season with a 3.68 GPA, the highest in the nation. The women were in the top four teams academically according to ITA statistics and the top twelve in the NJCAA. MCC has had 7 players named as an ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship National Winner. Three of her male players have been named to the prestigious MS/USA Academic Team.
Coach McPhail was selected the Tennis "Coach of the Year" by the Mississippi Association of Coaches in 2003 and again in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2007 she received a national coaching award, the Herschel Stephens Award, given to a coach who has been to the national tournament five times. The recipient of this award is chosen by the men coaches in attendance at the national tournament and is given for service to the association.
Coach Wanda McPhail came to MCC from West Lauderdale High School where she initiated the tennis program. While there, she took her teams to the State Tournament each year from 1993-1999.
In 1998, McPhail had a State Champion in the girl's singles and a State Runner-up in girl's doubles. In 1993, she had a State Runner-up in boy's singles and in 1998, the team was the State 3-A Runner-up.
In 1993, McPhail also initiated a volleyball program at West Lauderdale. During the years between its beginning until 1999 the team had no losing seasons and advanced to the play-offs all but one of those years. McPhail had a volleyball coaching record of 78-25.
McPhail was also the cheerleader coach at West Lauderdale from 1993-1999. During this time, the team won two District championships and a third place finish at State competition.
In the 1991-1992 season, McPhail was West Lauderdale's assistant boy's and girl's basketball coach, and from 1992-1997 served as the ladies' head basketball coach.
From 1973-1978, McPhail coached both basketball and track at Kate Griffin Junior High School where she accumulated a 98-23 record in basketball.
McPhail played tennis and basketball at East Central Community College; she was inducted into the ECCC Hall of Fame in 1971 and into the ECCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. In the spring of 2012, McPhail was inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame. She plays on local USTA adult team leagues. Coach McPhail is a certified USPTR instructor. She currently serves as the President of the National Junior College Women's Tennis Coaches Association. She is presently serving a term on the ITA Board of Directors and has served on the ITA ranking committees for men and women. McPhail was named women's Wilson/ITA coach of the year. She is serving as a volunteer on the Junior Committee of the Mississippi Tennis Association.
Coach McPhail graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS from MSCW in 1973. As a student athlete, she played varsity volleyball and varsity badminton for the "W". Coach McPhail obtained a Master of Education degree from Mississippi State University in 1978.
Outside of tennis, Coach McPhail is an English instructor at Meridian Community College, serves on several committees, and is involved with numerous community service groups. She is an avid reader and collects first edition books. She is a member of the Sassy Southern Sisters" Book Club. She is a member of Collinsville United Methodist Church where she serves as lay leader and teaches the adult Sunday School class.
She is married to Mark D. McPhail, former CEO at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, and has three children, David, Haley and Morgan; three wonderful in-laws-Jenny, Patrick and Matthew; and seven grandchildren-Grayson and Finley Davis, Ella Katherine, Anne-Hartley and Mark Toxey Vitart, Logan and Kate McPhail.