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