Michael Cabana joined the Royals as head men's tennis coach in May of 2022. Cabana joined the Royals from Wingate University where he led the men's and women's tennis programs since 2006.
Queens' newest head coach is a 17-time SAC Coach of the Year having won for eight straight seasons on the women's side. He also earned ITA Women's Southeast Region Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year honors in 2016.
Cabana helped build both Bulldogs programs into powerhouses recording a 230-111 men's record and a 243-99 women's record. He has led Wingate to 19 South Atlantic Conference Regular-Season Championships 11 SAC Tournament Championships, and 17 NCAA Championship appearances. Additionally, he has coached six SAC Freshmen of the Year, two SAC Players of the Year, Two SAC Elite 20 Award recipients, and had representatives on the SAC All-Conference Teams list each year since the 2006 season. In 2018, Sydney Homan of the women's team was the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award regional and national winner.
Cabana's programs were high performing in the classroom as well, placing at least one athlete on the CoSIDA Academic All-American team for nine seasons. He also coached four SAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year and multiple ITA Scholar-Athletes from 2011-2022. Additionally, the women's team earned ITA All-Academic Team honors 10 times.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Cabana was a director and head tennis professional at TPC at Piper Glen from 2004-2006. He also served as the head boy's and girl's tennis coach at Weddington High School from 2002-2004 leading the teams to a combined five state playoff appearances. Before coaching the Warriors, Cabana spent six summers as the assistant tennis director at the Nike Tennis Camp, hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Cabana earned his bachelor's degree from Catawba College where he was a four-year letterman on the men's tennis team. He also holds a teaching license from NC State and a master's in sports administration from Wingate.
Alexandra Leatu was named head women’s tennis coach for the Royals in Summer 2022 following coaching stops at Weatherford College and Georgia State University.
Leatu spent the past year building the brand-new women’s tennis program at Weatherford College, recruiting a roster of eight for the fall after just being hired in May. The first-year program achieved a national ranking of No. 7 with three players ranking individually in singles at 7, 25, and 28.
Prior to coaching and teaching at Weatherford, Leatu served as the head women’s tennis coach at Georgia State University for three seasons making a Sun Belt Tournament appearance in 2019. As an assistant, Leatu helped the Panthers win a Sun Belt Conference Championship. The program also earned Georgia State’s and the Sun Belt’s Highest GPA Award with her on staff.
Leatu began her collegiate playing career at Vanderbilt University, earning Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament Team honors. She played number one singles and number one doubles as a freshman and was ranked in the top 75 by the ITA. Following that season, she transferred to Baylor University where she was a three-time Big 12 Conference champion helping the Bears reach a top-15 national rating during her stint. Following her collegiate career, Leatu entered the coaching world as the head women’s tennis coach at the University of New Haven.
Prior to college, Leatu won three national titles in singles and in doubles, two silver balls in USTA doubles play, and a bronze ball in USTA singles. She also won two ITF Grade 3 tournaments.
Leatu holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, and new media from Baylor and a master’s degree in communication from Georgia State.