Chuck McCuen is in his 11th season on the Clemson tennis staff, his fifth year as the Head Coach going into the 2013 season. McCuen had been the Tennis Director at Georgia State for 19 years prior to coming to Clemson. McCuen was named conference coach of the year five times and propelled Georgia State into a top 70 nationally-ranked tennis program.
McCuen had a positive impact on the Clemson program in 2003 when he helped the Tigers to 25 wins, including a 6-2 record in the ACC. It was Clemson's highest win total since 1989. The success continued in 2004 when Clemson advanced to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament and posted a record of 26-12. The Tigers also finished the 2005 campaign with a 26-12 record overall. Clemson won at least 23 matches five consecutive years (2003-07) for the first time since the 1979-86 era. The streak coincided with McCuen's arrival at Clemson.
Overall, Clemson had a 145-79 record for the six years he was Chuck Kriese's top assistant.
In his first year as head coach, he guided Clemson to a four-place improvement in the ACC standings. In 2010, the Tigers finished the season with a 17-10 record overall. Clemson won the first 16 matches of the season. The Tigers were only one win short of tying the school record for the best start as the 1969 team went undefeated that season, 16-0.
In 2011, the Tigers finished the season with a 15-12 record overall, winning 12 of their first 15 matches of the year. In 2012 Clemson continued to show improvement and finished tied for sixth in the ACC with a 5-6 record in league play and a 9-14 record against a very tough schedule.
At Georgia State, McCuen coached the Panthers to five conference titles and took them to the NCAA Tournament three times in a four-year period (1999, 2000, and 2002). While at Georgia State, three Panthers were named Conference Players-of-the-Year. He also coached 14 all-conference players. While at Georgia State he compiled a 261-162 record in 19 years and produced winning seasons in nine of 10 years in one stretch, including six consecutive winning seasons. In 1996-97, Georgia State was ranked for the first time in the ITA National Rankings.
While attending Gainesville Junior College he reached the semifinals of the NJCAA National Championships in singles. He became an NAIA All-American after transferring to Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and went on to earn double degrees in recreation management and history in 1983.
McCuen helped create the first collegiate wheelchair team in the United States. There are now seven schools that award scholarships in wheelchair tennis.
McCuen has Clemson roots, as former Tennis Head Coach Hoke Sloan is a cousin and former Head Tiger Swimming and Diving Coach, Carl McHugh is a great uncle. McCuen's grandfather, Matthew Lee McHugh graduated from Clemson in 1904 and was awarded the Clemson Meritorious Service Award in 1981.
While at Georgia State, he was active in the community contributing his time to Atlanta's youth tennis programs as a tennis instructor.
In the spring of 2010, he was inducted into the Flagler Athletic Hall of Fame. He is married to Dr. Linda McCuen and they have one daughter, Lauren, who is a special education teacher in Anderson, SC.