September 9, 2013

DeSanto Joins Yale Staff

New Volunteer Helped Marywood to CSAC Title, NCAA Berth in 2013

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Justin DeSanto, who spent the past year helping Marywood University to its first Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship and automatic NCAA Tournament berth in the past 10 years, has joined the Yale women's tennis staff. DeSanto will serve as the volunteer assistant under Danielle McNamara, Yale's Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis.

A native of Pittston, Pa., DeSanto graduated from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with a degree in psychology and minors in Spanish and sociology in 2012. In August of 2012 he became the assistant coach at Marywood, located in Scranton, Pa.  

In addition to capturing its first CSAC championship and automatic NCAA Tournament berth in 10 years, Marywood finished with a .900 win percentage in conference matches during DeSanto's year there. Marywood, which was ranked third in the preseason coaches' poll, defeated four-time reigning conference champions Gwynedd-Mercy College to earn the title.

While at Marywood, DeSanto helped coach the CSAC Rookie of the Year. Marywood also had four singles players and a doubles team receive All-CSAC recognition.

DeSanto began coaching tennis at age 19 as a private instructor at Kingston Indoor Tennis in Kingston, Pa., in the fall of 2009. He spent four years there, working with children aged 3-18 conducting private and group lessons as well as high school clinics. He also coached the boys' team at Wyoming Area High School from January of 2010 through July of 2012. He brought that team -- which was 0-36 in the three seasons prior to his arrival -- to a respectable 8-5 record in his final year.

DeSanto spent most of the summer of 2013 coaching at a Wilson tennis camp at the University of North Florida. There, he worked with children aged 8-18 and had the opportunity to learn from and coach alongside former ATP world No. 4 Todd Martin and the assistant coach of the Notre Dame men's tennis team, Adam Schaechterle.

At Yale DeSanto will coach alongside Kirsten Flower, who returns for her second season as assistant coach after helping the Bulldogs earn an NCAA Tournament berth last year. Yale has won or shared three straight Ivy League titles, earning NCAA berths each time.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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