Hall of Famer
Cliff Caine Passes Away
USTA Northern | April 16, 2018
USTA Northern Hall of Famer Cliff Caine of St. Paul died April 12 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a long illness. He was 84.
Caine was an extremely successful college and high school tennis coach in his career. He coached the men's team at Macalester College from 1960-71, winning seven MIAC titles during that time. He then coached the boys and girls teams at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul from 1972-84. While at SPA, he won seven Minnesota State High School League championships in a 10-year period. He was named the Minnesota State High School Coach of the Year in 1976 and won the Northwest Professional Tennis Association Coach of the Year Award in 1980.
Caine was one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in Minnesota Tennis from 1976-78 after founding the Minnesota Girls Tennis Coaches Association and serving as its first President. ADVERTISEMENT He was a long-time member of the USPTA and served as the Director of Tennis at Town and Country and at Somerset Country Clubs in St. Paul. He is a member of the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the Macalester College Hall of Fame and was inducted into the USTA Northern Hall of Fame in 2007.
A 1955 graduate of Macalester College, Caine earned a law degree and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He was the youth director at the House of Hope Church in St. Paul. He published two books concerning the college selection process and a book of poetry.
He is survived by two brothers, Alan, (Leicester, England) and Stanley (Karen) (Adrian, Michigan).
A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the House of Hope Church, 797 Summit Avenue.