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