Ivy League Champions (1st since 1981)
7-0 Ivy League Record
Earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament (1st in school history)
2nd Place Finish in the Ivy League
6-1 Ivy League Record
Defeated Harvard for the first time since 2001
Defeated Princeton 5-2 on the road
Highest Team National Ranking: #67 (first time since 2003)
5-2 in the Ivy League
3rd place Finish in Ivy League
Post Season Highlights
2008 NCAA Championships
Ranked #74 nationally
Ranked #6 in the ITA East Region
Yale Hosts ITA National Indoors
November 5-8, 2009
*Ivy League Player of the Year - Janet Kim
(1st Yalie in women's tennis history to receive this award)
*1st Team All Ivy Singles - Janet Kim, Jessie Rhee
*2nd Team All Ivy Singles - Lindsay Clark
*1st Team All Ivy Doubles - Janet Kim/Jessie Rhee
*2nd Team All Ivy Doubles - Lindsay Clark/Lauren Ritz
*Janet Kim finished ranked #6 in the ITA East Regional rankings
*Kim/Rhee finish ranked #7 in the ITA East Regional doubles rankings
* Janet Kim selected 1st Team All-Ivy singles
* Sarah Lederhandler and Christine Alford selected 2nd Team All-Ivy singles
* Jessie Rhee selected Honorable Mention for singles
* Olivia Nix and Christine Alford selected 1st Team All-Ivy doubles
* Christine Alford earned Academic All-Ivy
* Christine Alford and Sarah Lederhandler earned ITA Scholar Athlete award
* 2 players selected to the All Ivy 1st Singles Team - Junior, Rasmee Patil and Freshman, Janet Kim
* 1 player selected to the All Ivy 2nd Singles Team - Junior, Aimee Kim
* 1 doubles team selected to the All Ivy Doubles Team - Juniors, Rasmee Patil and Olivia Nix
Danielle McNamara is in her fifth season as head coach of the Yale University women’s tennis program. McNamara has a wealth of experience, having achieved great success as a collegiate player, touring professional, private instructor, assistant and head college coach.
McNamara has made a significant impact since arriving in New Haven, compiling an overall record of 49-27 and an impressive 23-5 record in the Ivy League over the last three years. A native of Massachusetts, McNamara joined the Yale coaching staff as an assistant in 2005 and was hired as the head coach in the summer of 2006.
In her first year at the helm of the program, the Bulldogs finished second in the Ivy League with a 6-1 conference record. It was the 2007-2008 season where the program made its first big jump under McNamara’s leadership. She guided the Bulldogs to an undefeated Ivy League season and an Ivy League Championship in 2008, which was the team’s first since 1989. Also in 2008, McNamara led the Bulldogs to their first ever NCAA Team Tournament appearance in program history. Yale’s national ranking has climbed as high as #24 during McNamara’s tenure and the Bulldog’ ;s have been regionally ranked as high as #3 in the Northeast region.
The 2009-2010 campaign was Yale’s most successful on a national level with the team reaching a national ranking high of #24 and finishing the year at #44. The Bulldogs claimed their second straight ECAC Championship and earned wins over Wake Forest and William and Mary.
McNamara has shown a tremendous ability to recruit the best and the brightest players on a national level. Over the last four years, she has recruited two blue chip and six 5-star players according to the tennisrecruiting.net rankings. Her most recent recruiting classes were ranked #8 and #14 in the country in 2010 and 2009 respectively. Two of her recruited players have competed in junior Grand Slams prior to coming to Yale (Wimbledon, US Open).
As a student-athlete at the University of Michigan from 1996-2000, McNamara was an All-Big Ten player and the Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year. an> She ranks 6th in career wins at Michigan, with an overall record of 79-54. McNamara was nationally ranked as high as #8 in doubles and #27 in singles and was the first player in Michigan history to participate in all three college national championships (All-American, National Indoors and the NCAA Championships). She was a two-time Captain of the squad and earned the Michigan Athletic Department’s Academic Achievement Award and the Donald R. Shepherd endowed scholarship for athletic and academic success. As a freshman at Michigan, McNamara helped lead the team to its first ever Big Ten Championship in 1997 and a program high national ranking of #16.
Among her other accomplishments, McNamara won one gold and one bronze ball in national USTA events. She was also selected to coach the USTA Girl’s 18 New England national team at the National Team Championships in 2008 and 2009.
McNamara is a current member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Board of Directors, the governing body of college tennis. She was the co-chair of the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championships tournament committee and the chair of the 2009 ITA Northeast Regionals tournament committee. In 2010, McNamara was a member of the University of Michigan's "Leaders and Best in the 50 States", which was a comprehensive list of the best athletes to wear the Maize and Blue from each of the 50 states.