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: 42nd Season

David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 42nd season with the Crimson in 2017-18.

In his 42 complete seasons at Harvard, Fish has amassed an impressive 702-319-1 overall record for a .687 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 284-46 (.861) in Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Ivy League play and have won seven of the last 18 EITA/Ivy titles, as well as 21 of the last 37 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 25 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 16 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). 

Prior to his tenure as the head coach of men's tennis, Fish served as the head coach for the Harvard men's squash team from 1976-89. In his 13 seasons, Fish amassed an impressive 123-9 overall record, including a 45-7 mark in Ivy League action. Fish led the team to eight Ivy League Championships, seven Potter Cup Championships and seven National Championship titles, while coaching six student-athletes to individual championship crowns.

A 1972 graduate of Harvard College, Fish was a dual-sport student-athlete with the squash and tennis teams, and he served as a captain for both squads as a senior. Fish was a two-time first team All-America and All-Ivy selection during his tenure on the squash team, and he helped lead the men's squash team to three national titles, and the men's tennis team to an Ivy League championship in 1970.