Alex Dorato, the fourth men’s tennis coach at Yale since 1913, begins his 26th year at the helm of the Yale men's tennis program. He has compiled a 323-260 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 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 8 of his 25 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. Jonathan Beardsley '99 stunned the ninth seed in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in 1998.
Alex Dorato was awarded the 2011 USTA New England Joseph Deitz Bowl (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 Jack Barnaby College Coach of the Year by the U.S.P.T.A. New England Division.
Alex'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 in ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards (3.5+ G.P.A. for the year) over the past 20 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. Alex's players have also won numerous academic awards including both a Fulbright Scholarship and two Rhodes Scholarships.
Coach Dorato is active in community service. 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), the chair of the United States Tennis Association New England Collegiate Committee (a committee he has served on since 2004), and has 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.