NEW HAVEN – The Yale University Department of Athletics announced today that Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 season.
"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Alex for his 33 years of leadership, mentorship and dedication to the Yale Tennis program," said Yale Director of Athletics Victoria M. Chun. "Alex has positively influenced the lives of so many student-athletes and has contributed an incredible amount to advancing the sport of tennis both nationally, and regionally."
Dorato has compiled a 333-273 record over 26 seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach. He served as associate head coach of the men's team and assistant coach for the women's squad from 1986 to 1992 before taking over the men's team in 1993.
In his first year as head coach, Dorato's team won an Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association (EITA) co-championship and set the team's record for most wins in a season at 19. It was Yale's first EITA title since 1967. His 2001 team tied the school record for most wins with another 19-win campaign, while his 2002 team got to Yale's first ECAC Team Championship final since 1977.
Dorato's top player has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships nine times; his No. 1 doubles duo in 2002 also qualified for the tournament. In 2001, Steve Berke became the first and only unranked male player in history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals, while Jonathan Beardsley stunned the ninth seed in the opening round of the 1998 NCAA tournament. Since 2001, Dorato's top player has earned Ivy League Player of the Year recognition five times, the most of any Ivy League team (tied with Princeton).
Dorato earned the 2011 USTA New England Joseph Deitz Bowl (given to the Tennis Professional who has done the most for tennis in New England), the 2009 and 2010 USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach Award/New England Section, the 2005 U.S.P.T.A. New England Western Pro of the Year, the 2001 Wilson/ITA Region I Coach of the Year and the 2001 U.S.P.T.A. New England Jack Barnaby College Coach of the Year.
His players have also won numerous academic awards, including both a Fulbright Scholarship and two Rhodes Scholarships.
Dorato's involvement in community service includes serving as President of New HYTEs, a non-profit organization that provides tennis instruction, educational tutoring and mentorship to inner-city youths in New Haven. In addition, he recently received Yale's prestigious Seton Elm-Ivy Award, granted to individuals and initiatives that have helped strengthen and expand town-gown ties.
A national search for Dorato's replacement will take place in early spring of 2019.