Dorato Honored with USTA New England’s Joseph Deitz Bowl

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Alex Dorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale's Winningest Coach Will Receive Award Mar. 3

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Alex Dorato, Yale's Cary Leeds Coach of Men's Tennis, has been selected as the winner of the 2011 USTA New England Joseph Deitz Bowl. The Deitz Bowl is given annually by USPTA-New England to the professional who has done the most for New England tennis. Dorato -- who recently became Yale's all-time leader in coaching wins -- will be presented with the award at USTA New England's Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Mar. 3.

Dorato has been integral in involving his Yale team in the local community and promoting the sport of tennis. He is the co-founder and director of New Haven Tennis Outreach (NHTO), a program he started five years ago that provides tutoring, mentoring and tennis instruction for 17 local children.

Dorato is also on the Board of Directors of New Haven Youth Tennis and Education. This board was just formed to support a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization that runs school programs in New Haven similar to NHTO. It is a chapter of the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning program. The organization also coordinates events with the annual New Haven Open at Yale to promote community tennis, and it administers the Park & Rec summer tennis lesson programs.

In addition to his work with organizations based in New Haven, Dorato has also served on the board of USTA Connecticut since 2004. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Awards Committee. Dorato has also been on the Collegiate Committee of USTA New England since 2004. Over the past several years Dorato and the Yale team have supported USTA initiatives by hosting Campus Kids' Day events as well as Campus Showdowns, which provide opportunities for high school players to compete against college athletes.

For his community work, Dorato received the USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach Award for the New England Section in 2009 and 2010.

Dorato is in his 20th season as head coach at Yale, and he is just the fourth head coach the team has had since 1913. He has compiled a 244-200 record, including a 4-0 mark this year that gives the Bulldogs their best start in 11 years. With his 244th win Feb. 5 at Old Dominion, Dorato passed John Skillman to become the winningest coach in Yale men's tennis history.

During his time at Yale Dorato has been named the 2005 USPTA-New England Western Pro of the Year, the 2001 Wilson/ITA Region I Coach of the Year, and the 2001 Jack Barnaby Coach of the Year by USPTA-New England. He is currently in his third year of a four-year term representing the Northeast on the NCAA Championships Committee.

Prior to taking over as head coach, Dorato was associate men's tennis coach and assistant women's tennis coach for the Bulldogs from 1987 to 1992. In addition to the team accomplishments he has overseen, he has also coached seven Yale singles players and one doubles team to the NCAA Tournament.

Dorato's Yale teams also have an extraordinary academic record. Yale is the only Division I men's team to receive the ITA All-Academic Team Award (3.2+ G.P.A. for the year) every year since the award's inception in 1996. His teams also lead the nation in ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards (3.5+ G.P.A. for the year) over the past 10 years combined by a wide margin. In 2008 his team won the prestigious Richard Brodhead Award for having the highest team G.P.A. of any varsity team at Yale. Dorato has also coached a Fulbright Scholarship winner and two Rhodes Scholarship winners.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity