Christian Appleman begins his 14th year as assistant coach of the Yale men's tennis team. In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Appleman is Yale’s Director of Tennis Operations and Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities. Appleman served as men's and women's assistant tennis coach at Penn State from 1994 to 1996. During this time, he was also the head teaching professional and the Director of Tennis Operations at the Penn State Tennis Center.
As a student-athlete, Appleman spent four seasons on the PSU varsity tennis team and helped the Nittany Lions win the Atlantic 10 title in 1986, playing alongside two current Division I head coaches: Dwayne Hultquist (Florida State) and Adam Steinberg (Michigan). Appleman also played four seasons of varsity basketball, was the basketball team captain in 1988-89 (20-12 record, NIT 2nd round) and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science in 1990. Appleman has a combined 13 years of Division I men's and women's basketball assistant coaching experience at Penn State, Army and Yale. He has led both men’s (PSU 2001) and women’s (PSU 1992) basketball teams to Sweet 16 contests and coached the men’s team to two NIT Final Four appearances (PSU 1998, 2000).
Christian Appleman is married to Erin Appleman, head coach of the Yale volleyball team. They have two children, Emma and Justin.