Alex Dorato, the fourth men’s tennis coach at Yale since 1913, begins his 23rd year at the helm of the Yale men's tennis program.
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 7 of his 21 years at the helm Dorato has taken his #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 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 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 Coach of the Year by the U.S.P.T.A. New England Division. He has compiled a 283-227 record as head coach for the Bulldogs, and is the winningest tennis coach in Yale history.
Alex's teams have an extra-ordinary academic record. The Yale team is the only Division I men's tennis squad 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 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. Alex's players have also won numerous academic awards including both a Fulbright Scholarship and two Rhodes Scholarships.
Dorato spent seven years (1986-92) as the Associate Men's Tennis coach and the Assistant Women's Coach at Yale. Dorato was a high school All-American in Albuquerque, N.M., before lettering at the University of New Mexico form 1979-1982. In 1986 he was ranked first in the men's open division of the New England USPTA.
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), a member of the United States Tennis Association New England Collegiate Committee, and he just 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.
Christian Appleman begins his 10th year as assistant coach of the Yale men's tennis team. In addition to his coaching duties, Christian is Yale’s Director of Tennis Operations. 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 director of tennis 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 (Pepperdine). 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 13 years of Division I men's and women's basketball assistant coaching experience at Penn State, Army and Yale. He has coached in both a men’s (PSU 2001) and women’s (PSU 1992) basketball sweet 16 contest and a pair of men’s NIT final fours (PSU 1998, 2000).
Appleman is married to Erin Appleman, head coach of the Yale volleyball team. They have two children, Emma and Justin.