Mark Tennant, a native of Winnipeg, studied at the University of Manitoba where he received an undergraduate degree in physical education, and the University of British Columbia where he obtained a master's degree in physical education.
IN 1971, Mark joined the University of Saskatchewan as a faculty member and coach of the women's volleyball team. Upon his arrival, he worked to develop and promote volleyball throughout high schools in Saskatchewan, conducting player and coaching clinics.
During his tenure with the U of S volleyball team, it won seven Canada West Championships, two silver medals at the CIAU Championships and three CIAU titles - won consecutively in 1978-79, 1979-80 and 1980-81.
He was selected Canada West Coach of the Year four times, CIAU Coach of the Year four times and won the Colb McEown Trophy as University of Saskatchewan Coach of the Year twice.
Mark is recognized as a world authority on volleyball, having published numerous articles and books. He has spoken at clinics and symposiums locally, nationally and internationally. He has served as a commission member with FIVB, the governing body for the sport and was chair of the volleyball technical committee at five World Student Games.
The Mark Tennant Trophy is presented annually to the rookie of the year in CIS women's volleyball.
Mark is an inductee into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.