Tom Cath
Graduation Year: 1976
Induction Year: 2016
Sport (s): Men's Tennis Coach
THOMAS R. “TOM” CATH ’76 served as men’s tennis head coach for 24 seasons from 1986-2009 and in that time amassed a 374-165 record for a .694 winning percentage including 23 winning seasons. Twice he was named the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year and three times earned the honor on the regional level. Cath was the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year nine times in 10 seasons and earned similar honors six times in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. He led the Tigers to 10 ICAC titles in 10 seasons and three SCAC championships in 11 years. The 22 wins the Tigers totaled in his final season matched the most in school history. Cath’s DePauw teams competed in the NCAA Division III Championships 15 times including 11 straight from 1999 through 2009. He directed the Tigers to the national quarterfinals in 1990, 2000, 2006 and 2007. In all, DePauw was represented by teams or individuals at 21 of the 24 NCAA Championships during his tenure. Cath also played at DePauw where he earned four varsity letters while playing number-one doubles all four years and first singles his last two. He competed at the 1976 NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles.
Cath earned a B.A. degree in economics, and, following graduation, earned a M.I.M. degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1978. After a five-year stint in corporate banking, he served as director of DePauw’s Career Center for 26 years from 1985-2009. He is currently director of the Career Center at Valparaiso University. Cath and his wife, Allison, are parents of three sons, Jim, David and Will, a 2010 DePauw graduate.