Alex Dorato, the fourth men’s tennis coach at Yale since 1913, begins his 27th year at the helm of the Yale men's tennis program. He has compiled a 333-273 record as head coach for the Bulldogs, and is the winningest tennis coach in Yale history.
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 an identical 19-5 record. Dorato led his 2002 team to its first ECAC Team Championship final since 1977. In nine of his 27 years at the helm, Dorato has taken his No. 1 player to the NCAA Championship. In 2002, his top doubles duo also qualified for the NCAA Championships. In 2001, Steve Berke became the first and only unranked male player in history to reach the NCAA quarterfinals. In 1998, Jonathan Beardsley '99 stunned the ninth seed in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Coach Dorato was awarded the 2011 USTA New England Joseph Deitz Bowl (given to the Tennis Professional who has done the most for tennis in New England), 2009 & 2010 USTA/ITA Campus & Community Outreach Award/New England Section, 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.
Dorato's teams have an extraordinary academic record. The Yale team is the only Division I men's tennis squad in the country to receive the ITA All-Academic Team Award (3.2+ G.P.A. for the year) every year since its inception in 1996. His teams also lead the nation by a wide margin in ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards (3.5+ G.P.A. for the year) over the past 20 years combined. In 2008, his team won the prestigious Richard Brodhead Award for having the highest team G.P.A. of any varsity team at Yale. Coach Dorato's players have also won numerous academic awards, including both a Fulbright Scholarship and two Rhodes Scholarships.
Dorato is dedicated to community service and has received recognition for his work in New Haven. He is the President of New HYTEs (a non-profit organization that provides tennis instruction, educational tutoring and mentorship to inner-city youths in New Haven), has served as the chair of the USTA New England Collegiate Committee since 2004 and recently completed a four-year term on the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Championships Committee for which he served as the Chair of the Men’s Sub-Committee in his final year. In 2018, Dorato was honored at the Seton Elm-Ivy Awards ceremony with the presitigious Ivy award, which is granted to individuals and initiatives that have helped strengthen and expand town-gown ties by Yale President Salovey and Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker-Myers.