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Danielle McNamara Steps Down

Danielle McNamara. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Danielle McNamara. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Helped Bulldogs to Four Ivy League Titles and Four NCAA Tournament Appearances

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Danielle McNamara announced Tuesday that she is stepping down as Yale's Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis. McNamara led Yale to four Ivy League Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and four ECAC Indoor Team Championships in her eight seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach. Her overall record at Yale was 124-49, and the team was 48-8 in Ivy League matches.

"I would like to thank athletic director Tom Beckett for the opportunity to lead the Yale Women's Tennis program for the last eight years," said McNamara. "I've been very fortunate to have coached at such an amazing university and with such incredible young women.  Although it is a very difficult decision to leave Yale, I think this is in the best interest of my family at this time." 

McNamara was a two-time Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, she led the Bulldogs to the first NCAA Tournament match win in school history. That season was also highlighted by an Ivy League Championship and the team's third straight ECAC Indoor Team Championship. At one point in the spring of 2012 the Bulldogs were ranked No. 18 -- the highest they had been ranked in the 30-year history of the ITA rankings. They added another NCAA Tournament match win that season, along with an Ivy League title and an ECAC Indoor Team Championship.

A year ago, McNamara led Yale to another Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs finished this past season 14-8 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Under McNamara the Bulldogs had 24 All-Ivy League singles selections and 11 All-Ivy League doubles team selections. In the fall of 2010 Yale had a doubles team advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time in school history. Yale has also had 22 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections during her tenure, and has earned ITA All-Academic Team recognition for the last six years.

The Bulldogs were also active in the community under McNamara, and for her efforts she won the regional 2010 USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award.

As a student-athlete at Michigan from 1996-2000 playing under her maiden name Danielle Lund, McNamara was the Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year (1999) and All-Big Ten (1998).

A native of Leominster, Mass., McNamara joined the Yale coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2005 and was hired as the head coach in the summer of 2006.