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Yale University Men | Women


Division:NCAA - Div. I
Conference:Ivy League
Location:New Haven, CT
Head Coach:Taka Bertrand
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Small city
Student Population:5,000+
  
Top Recruiting Classes: R.V. in 2014, #24 in 2013, #8 in 2012, #21 in 2011, #8 in 2010, #14 in 2009, R.V. in 2007, R.V. in 2006


 
Conference Highlights
2013, 2012, 2011, 2008 IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Reached a high of #18 in the nation in 2012
Finished ranked #1 in the Northeast in 2013, 2012, 2011
Reached the Rd of 32 in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournament
Post Season Highlights
Reached a high of #18 in the nation in 2012
Finished ranked #1 in the Northeast in 2013, 2012, 2011
Reached the Rd of 32 in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournament
Tournament Highlights
Yale Hosts ITA National Indoors
November 5-8, 2009

http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITANationalChampionships/NationalIndoors.htm
Individual Achievements
Under Coach McNamara:
- 21 All-Ivy Singles Players
- 10 All-Ivy Doubles Teams
- 1 Ivy League Player of the Year (1st in program history)
- 1 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
- 21 ITA Scholar Athletes
- 7 ITA All Academic Teams
Coaching Achievements
Danielle McNamara has led the Yale womens tennis program to four Ivy League Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and four ECAC Indoor Team Championships in her first seven seasons as the Bulldogs head coach. For her efforts in 2011, which included leading the Bulldogs to the first NCAA Tournament match win in school history, McNamara was named Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the first of two times to date. The 2011 season was also highlighted by an Ivy League Championship and the teams third straight ECAC Indoor Team Championship. Yales ITA ranking climbed as high as No. 18 in the country, the highest it had been in the 30-year history of the ITA rankings. The Bulldogs also had five players earn All-Ivy League recognition and had a doubles team advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall for the first time in school history. McNamara was again named Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2013, a season marked by her fourth Ivy League championship, the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and All-Ivy honors for three singles players and one doubles pair.

McNamara has made a significant impact since arriving in New Haven, compiling a record of 110-41 overall and 49-8 vs. Ivy League opponents (42-7 in league matches). The Bulldogs have been particularly dominant at home, including undefeated marks in New Haven in 2010-11 (12-0), 2011-12 (10-0) and 2012-2013 (11-0). Indoors, the Bulldogs play at the award-winning Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, which was the host site for the 2009 National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships and has also played host to numerous regional ITA and USTA events.

McNamara has shown a tremendous ability to recruit the best and the brightest players on a national level, recruiting multiple blue chip and 5-star players according to the tennisrecruiting.net rankings. Her most recent recruiting class, the Yale Class of 2016, was ranked No. 8 in the country. That comes on the heels of Yales Class of 2015 being ranked No. 14 and the Class of 2014 being ranked No. 8. Two of her recruited players have competed in junior Grand Slams prior to coming to Yale (Wimbledon, US Open).

As a student-athlete at Michigan from 1996-2000 playing under her maiden name Danielle Lund, McNamara was the Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year (1999) and All-Big Ten (1998). She 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 Departments Academic Achievement Award and the Donald R. Shepherd endowed scholarship for athletic and academic success.

In 2010 Michigan honored McNamara as one of the Wolverines Leaders and Best in 50 States. The Michigan athletics media relations office, in cooperation with the Bentley Historical Library, went through thousands of names of great Michigan athletes from all over the country to choose the best of the best from each state. McNamara was selected for honorable mention honors in her home state of Massachusetts.

Among her other accomplishments, McNamara won one gold and one bronze ball in national USTA events. She was also selected to coach the USTA Girls 18 New England national team at the National Team Championships in 2008 and 2009.

McNamara is a current member of the ITA Board of Directors, Division I Operating Committee and the USTA New England Collegiate Committee. 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.

She and her husband, Christian, have a two year old daughter, Grace, and reside in New Haven.
 
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