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Dave Fish ’72
Dave Fish ’72
Title: The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis
Phone: (617) 495-3676
Email: fish@fas.harvard.edu
Previous College: Harvard 1972
Experience: 41st Season

David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 41st season with the Crimson in 2016-17.

In his 40 complete seasons at Harvard, Fish has amassed an impressive 663-303-1 overall record for a .686 winning percentage. Fish is the winningest men's tennis coach in Harvard history, surpassing mentor and Crimson legend Jack Barnaby's previous record of 371 wins. His squads are a dominant 278-45 (.860) in Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Ivy League play and have won six of the last 16 EITA/Ivy titles, as well as 20 of the last 35 conference crowns.

Winner of the 2014 ITA Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding commitments and contributions to the ITA and college tennis, Fish has guided Harvard into the NCAA Championships 23 times, including 10-consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1999. He coached Harvard to its first ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 5-4 win over Drake in 1992, and has coached the Crimson to 15 total NCAA tourney wins.

Just the third coach in the history of Harvard men's tennis, Fish was named the 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2012 ITA Regional Coach of the Year. He has tutored 15 All-Americans during his tenure, including James Blake (singles and doubles) and Kunj Majmudar `99 (doubles) in 1999. Jonathan Chu '05 earned All-America status in both singles and doubles play when he advanced to the NCAA semifinals in both brackets, and Chu's doubles partner, Ashwin Kumar '08, also earned All-America status. Denis Nguyen '15 is the most recent All-American under Fish's tutelage, advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA men's singles bracket. 

Fish has been a steadfast contributor to college tennis since he first sat on the ITA Board of Directors and Operating Committee and NCAA Division I Tennis Committee beginning in the early 1990's. Involving himself in advocacy and administration beyond the normal expectations of a coach is a necessary responsibility for Fish. Fish's most recent initiative has been Universal Tennis Rating® (UTR), an advanced 16-level player rating system that "provides tennis players worldwide with a common language for accurately and objectively identifying their own levels of play" (universaltennis.com). 

A 1972 graduate of Harvard, Fish played on three national championship squash teams and one Ivy Champion tennis team with the Crimson. Fish served as captain for both the tennis and squash teams.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS