CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Elevated to lead the program after 11 years at Harvard, Andrew Rueb '95 has been named The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis.
Rueb has helped guide the Crimson to 192 victories as the program's assistant coach and associate head coach, including six NCAA tournament appearances and four Ivy League Championships. Recognized for excellence in the field, Rueb has twice been honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year.
"We are thrilled to announce Andrew Rueb as the head coach of the men's tennis program," said Bob Scalise, the John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "Andrew has been instrumental in the growth and success of the program and development of student-athletes, and we are looking forward to his continued leadership."
Rueb was also a standout player at Harvard, where he was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and the team's captain as a senior. He is one of only three Harvard alumni to earn the award twice, and six players total in the league's history to garner the award twice. He was a four-time first-team All-Ivy recipient, twice in singles and twice in doubles.
"It is a great honor to continue to be a part of the storied Harvard men's tennis program and represent this amazing university," said Rueb. "I believe deeply in Harvard and our mission, and I am so grateful to Bob Scalise for this opportunity. I look forward to coaching the next generation of students, both on and off the courts, to develop first-class young people."
Rueb received the prestigious John Reardon Award for Harvard's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1995, and in the spring of 2013, he was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
As an assistant coach, Rueb embraced the philosophy of academic-athletic integration. He has served as a proctor, academic advisor and teaching fellow at Harvard. Rueb leads tours to help coaches familiarize themselves with Harvard, and he started 'Back to School Week,' when coaches attend classes with their student-athletes. Rueb also serves on Harvard's coach development committee.
Rueb was elected to represent the Northeast Region on the ITA Division I Operating Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in psychology, and went on to receive Master's degrees from both Harvard Divinity School and Boston University in religion and literature.
What They Are Saying
Larry Scott '86, Pac-12 Commissioner
"Playing tennis at Harvard was such a vital component of my educational experience and growth as a person, and I am excited that the next generation of Harvard tennis student-athletes will have the benefit of Andrew's tremendous experience and leadership, as they grow and succeed on the court during college and off the court as young men."
James Blake '01, Former World Top-5 Professional Tennis Player
"Andrew was a leader as a team member that I got to see first-hand while my brother played with him. He has continued that path as an extremely successful assistant coach. He will be fantastic as the head of the Harvard men's tennis team. His passion will be obvious and a huge benefit to the players."
Jim Courier, Former World No. 1 Professional Tennis Player
"Congratulations to Harvard on their selection of Andrew Rueb as the next head coach of Harvard men's tennis. Andrew is a talented, driven and highly respected coach who has been a key component of the team alongside coach Fish for many years. This is a terrific day for Harvard Athletics and I look forward to watching Andrew step into his new role and lead the team to great heights."
Andres Pedroso, Virginia Head Coach
"In Coach Rueb, Harvard has promoted a leader with invaluable, elite coaching and playing experience, as well as someone with a genuine passion for the overall development of it's student-athletes. Coach Rueb and his staff will represent an exceptional support system for their players, both on and off the court, and one that will serve them well beyond their years at Harvard. Thanks to Coach Fish and Coach Rueb's recruiting efforts, Harvard has one of the nation's top recruiting classes coming in this fall and there is no better choice, than Coach Rueb, to take charge of this new era of Harvard Men's Tennis."
Bryan Shelton, Florida Head Coach
"When you think about Harvard, you think about excellence! Andrew Rueb is the perfect leader and ambassador for Harvard tennis. Andrew epitomizes what Harvard stands for. I have so much respect for the person and the coach he has become. Andrew is wise beyond his years and his ability to communicate and relate to others is unique and fun. These traits will help Andrew recruit special student athletes to Harvard and help guide them to becoming great leaders. Once again Harvard has gotten it right with this hire. There isn't another coach out there more suited for this job!"
Peter Smith, USC Head Coach
"Andrew Rueb is a great hire for Harvard Athletics and the men's tennis team. There is no one that knows Harvard men's tennis better than coach Rueb and he is the most qualified to lead them. Congrats to Andrew and Harvard."