Men's Tennis Coaching Staff

Paul Gastonguay '89

Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Phone: (207) 786-6442 | Email:

Coaching Bobcat players Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Doubles Championship Finals was only one recent example of Paul Gastonguay’s enduring legacy of winning tennis at Bates. Gastonguay also coached Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe to the 2009 NCAA men’s doubles crown, and Stein to the finals in the 2009 NCAA singles championship. And drawing the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships for the second time in five years in 2008 illustrates the activism and dedication regularly shown by Gastonguay to his program and alma mater.

Gastonguay became the head tennis coach of the Bates women’s program in 2001, and he was named NESCAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2010 he helped lead the Bates women’s tennis team to a 10-6 record in dual play, the team’s first double-digit wins season since 1987. In 2012, Bates' doubles team of Meg Anderson and Elena Mandzhukova played in the NCAA Division III Women's Doubles Championship, becoming the first Bobcat women to play at the NCAA Championship level.

In 2002, Gastonguay was selected as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Northeast Region Men’s Coach of the Year. Gastonguay was inducted into the Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Twice honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year, Gastonguay has led the men’s team to one of the longest periods of sustained excellence of any sport in school history. The Bobcats qualified for the NCAA Championships for seven straight years beginning in 2000. In 2006 Gastonguay’s top singles player to date, Will Boe-Wiegaard ’06, won the NCAA Division III Men’s Singles Championship despite being unseeded.

A Lewiston native, Gastonguay graduated from Bates in 1989 as the winningest tennis player in Bates College history, amassing a combined record of 149-41 in his four-year playing career. He set three of the top four single-season marks in school history and became the Bobcats’ second-ever All-American in tennis in his senior season, during which he was a finalist for the NCAA Arthur Ashe Award. Gastonguay competed professionally in International Tennis Federation Satellite, Challenger and ATP Tour events, where he achieved world rankings in singles and doubles. He served as a practice partner for former ATP Tour top ranked player Ivan Lendl during the last four years of his career.

Sam Woods '11

Associate Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis


Sam Woods ’11 enters his seventh season in 2018-19 working with the men’s and women’s tennis teams. In the spring of 2016 he was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. In 2014 he was named ITA Division III Northeast Region Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year

"Sam Woods embodies all the qualities of a head coach, and he takes ownership of every detail," said Gastonguay, who nominated Woods for the award. "The mark of a good assistant is someone who will take on tasks and projects without being told to do so, and that is what Sam does every day. He is a great sounding board and another set of eyes that are invaluable in both team practices and matches."
During the 2012-13 academic year, Woods helped mentor two All-America players in Matt Bettles ’13 and Rob Crampton ’13. The duo reached the NCAA Quarterfinals as a doubles team in 2013.
A native of Cambridge, N.Y., Woods played as a prep player at Cambridge Central and competed under current head coach Paul Gastonguay while at Bates College.

Ron Chicoine, M.D.

Volunteer Assistant Coach, Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Ron Chicoine, M.D. (Maine ’85, Vermont ’89) joins head coach Paul Gastonguay and assistant coach Sam Woods for his fourth year as volunteer assistant coach for the Bates men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2016-17. “Doc” brings many years of playing and coaching experience to the Bates tennis program. He competed in college at the University of Maine and was a four-year letterman. He captained his senior year and achieved All New England status playing at the top of the Maine lineup his final three years. He was named interim head coach during his fifth year at Maine as a grad student. He has been ranked No. 1 in Maine in singles in numerous age group categories, mixed and men’s open doubles. Playing USTA team tennis Doc’s teams have won seven New England titles competing at seven national championships.

Doc coached the Lewiston High School boys tennis teams for nine years, leading the Blue Devils to nine consecutive Class A state finals, winning eight state championships and compiling a coaching career record of 137 wins and 2 losses. He subsequently took over coaching the men’s and women’s tennis teams at University of Southern Maine, leading them to the conference playoffs in seven of eight seasons with several of his players achieving All Conference status. He was named Little East Coach of the Year in 2010.

Doc resides in Lewiston and has three grown sons. He is a practicing anesthesiologist at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. He is past president of the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists and is active in the Twin City community when not assisting at the Wallach and Merrill tennis courts.