McNamara Honored by Alma Mater as One of Michigan’s “Leaders and Best in 50 States”

McNamara Honored by Alma Mater as One of Michigan’s “Leaders and Best in 50 States”

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's tennis coach Danielle McNamara has been honored by her alma mater, Michigan, as one of the Wolverines' "Leaders and Best in 50 States". The Michigan athletics media relations office, in cooperation with the Bentley Historical Library, went through thousands of names of great Michigan athletes from all over the country to choose the best of the best from each state. McNamara was selected for honorable mention honors in her home state of Massachusetts.

McNamara, who is entering her fifth season as Yale's head coach, starred for Michigan from 1996-2000, earning All-Big Ten honors in 1998 and the Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year in 1999. She ranks eighth in career wins for the Wolverines with an overall record of 80-55. 

Known by her maiden name, Lund, when she competed for Michigan, McNamara was nationally ranked as high as No. 8 in doubles and No. 27 in singles. She was the first player in school history to participate in all three college national championships (All-American, National Indoors and the NCAA Championships).  She was a two-time team captain and earned the Michigan Athletic Department's Academic Achievement  Award and the Donald R. Shepherd endowed scholarship for athletic and academic success.  As a freshman in 1997, she helped lead the team to its first Big Ten Championship and a program-high national ranking of No. 16. She won all three of her singles matches in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship that year.

A native of Massachusetts, McNamara joined the Yale coaching staff as an assistant in 2005 and was hired as the head coach in the summer of 2006.  In 2008 she led Yale to an undefeated Ivy League season, an Ivy League Championship and the program's first NCAA Team Tournament appearance. In 2009 Yale was ranked as high as No. 41 in the country, and this past season the Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 24.

While at Michigan, McNamara won one gold and one bronze ball in national USTA events. While at Yale, she was selected to coach the USTA Girl's 18 New England national team at the National Team Championships in 2008 and 2009.

McNamara is a current member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Board of Directors, the governing body of college tennis.  She was the co-chair of the 2009 ITA National Indoor Championships tournament committee and the chair of the 2009 ITA Northeast Regionals tournament committee.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity