Danielle Lund McNamara
Danielle Lund McNamara
Title: Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis
Phone: 203-432-1493
Email: danielle.mcnamara@yale.edu
Hometown: Leominster, Mass.
High School: Leominster
Previous College: Michigan '01

Danielle McNamara is in her second stint as Yale's Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women's Tennis. In her first, she led Bulldogs to four Ivy League Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and four ECAC Indoor Team Championships in eight seasons. Her overall record at Yale in her first stint was 124-49. Against Ivy League opponents it was even better: 56-10 (48-8 in league matches).

For her efforts in 2011, which included leading the Bulldogs to the first NCAA Tournament match win in school history, McNamara was named Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the first of two times. The 2011 season was also highlighted by an Ivy League Championship and the team’s third straight ECAC Indoor Team Championship. Yale’s ITA ranking climbed as high as No. 23 in the country, the highest it had been in the 30-year history of the ITA rankings. The Bulldogs also had five players earn All-Ivy League recognition and had a doubles team advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall for the first time in school history.

McNamara was again named Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2013, a season marked by her fourth Ivy League championship, the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and All-Ivy honors for three singles players and one doubles pair.

The Bulldogs have been particularly dominant at home under her leadership, including undefeated marks in New Haven in 2010-11 (12-0), 2011-12 (10-0) and 2012-2013 (11-0). Indoors, the Bulldogs play at the award-winning Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, which was the host site for the 2009 National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships and has also played host to numerous regional ITA and USTA events.

Under McNamara’s leadership the Bulldogs have been successful in the classroom, earning ITA All-Academic Team recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. McNamara has also coached seven Academic All-Ivy League selections.

The Bulldogs have been active in the community under McNamara, and for her efforts she won the 2010 USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award for the New England region. Yale hosts an annual Campus Kids' Day for local children and organizes a food and clothing drive for the homeless. The team also takes part in New Haven Tennis Outreach, a youth mentorship program for students in grades 3-12 directed towards children from low-income families who otherwise would not have access to high-quality academic guidance or athletic instruction. 

In McNamara’s first year at the helm of the program, the Bulldogs finished second in the Ivy League with a 6-1 conference record.  It was the 2007-2008 season where the program made its first big jump under her leadership.  She guided the Bulldogs to an undefeated Ivy League season and an Ivy League Championship that year, which was the team’s fifth overall Ivy title and first since 1989.  Also in 2008, McNamara led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Team Tournament appearance. 

The 2008-2009 campaign was another successful one on a national level with the team reaching a national ranking high of No. 41 and finishing the year at No. 50.  The Bulldogs finished the season 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League, tying for third place. In 2009-10 Yale ended the season ranked No. 46 after going 16-6 overall. The Bulldogs again finished third in the league with a 5-2 mark. In both 2009 and 2010 Yale won the ECAC Indoor Team Championship.

McNamara has shown a tremendous ability to recruit the best and the brightest players on a national level, recruiting multiple blue chip and 5-star players according to the tennisrecruiting.net rankings. Her recently graduated recruiting class, the Yale Class of 2016, was ranked No. 8 in the country. That comes on the heels of Yale’s Class of 2015 being ranked No. 14 and the Class of 2014 being ranked No. 8. This trend continued after her return to Yale, with the Class of 2022 being ranked No. 22 in the nation. Two of her recruited players have competed in junior Grand Slams prior to coming to Yale (Wimbledon, US Open).

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

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). She was the first player in Michigan history to participate in all three college national championships (All-American, National Indoors and the NCAA Championships). She was a two-time captain of the squad and earned the Michigan Athletic Department’s Academic Achievement Award and the Donald R. Shepherd endowed scholarship for athletic and academic success. 

In 2010 Michigan honored McNamara 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.

As a freshman at Michigan, McNamara helped lead the team to its first ever Big Ten Championship (1997) and a program high national ranking of No. 16 (No. 1 in the Midwest Region). During her career she was nationally ranked as high as No. 8 in doubles and No. 28 in singles. She and doubles partner Brooke Hart ended the 1998 season ranked No. 25 in the country. Overall McNamara ended the year ranked in the top 26 in the Midwest Region for four straight seasons in doubles (No. 13 in 1997, No. 5 in 1998, No. 8 in 1999 and No. 15 in 2000) and three straight seasons in singles (No. 17 in 1998, No. 19 in 1999 and No. 26 in 2000).

McNamara also gained extensive NCAA experience playing for the Wolverines. As a freshman in 1997, she won her singles matches at No. 6 in straight sets to help Michigan to a 5-0 win over Central Florida in the Regional Quarterfinals and a 5-3 win over Miami (Fla.) in the Regional Semifinals. She then won in straight sets in singles again -- and was part of a winning doubles team at No. 2 -- as the Wolverines beat South Alabama 5-4 to win the Southeast Region. Michigan’s NCAA run ended with a loss to Florida, 5-0, in the next round.

In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines lost in the Regional Quarterfinals. McNamara and Hart -- the second duo in school history to earn an NCAA Doubles Championship berth -- lost to a team from William & Mary in the first round.

Through the 2014-15 season McNamara ranked 17th in career singles wins at Michigan with an overall record of 80-55. Her 29 singles wins in 1997, when she went 29-9, rank 18th on Michigan’s single-season list. 

Among her other accomplishments, McNamara won one gold and one bronze ball in national USTA events.  She was also selected to coach the USTA Girl’s 18 New England national team at the National Team Championships in 2008 and 2009.

McNamara has served as member of the ITA Board of Directors, Division I Operating Committee and the USTA New England Collegiate Committee. 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. 



Born: November 10, 1978
Hometown: Leominster, Massachusetts
High School: Leominster High School
College: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 2001
Bachelor’s Degrees: Economics, Organizational Studies
Family: Married, husband Christian; two children

Collegiate Coaching Experience Prior to Yale:
  Yale University (Assistant Coach), 2005-06.  Boston University (Volunteer Coach) 2004-05.  University of Michigan (Assistant Coach) 2001-02.

Professional Playing Experience: WTA Tour, 2002-2005

Collegiate Playing Experience: University of Michigan (1996-2000)

Collegiate Head Coaching Highlights at Yale

  • Two-time Wilson/ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year (2011, 2013)
  • 2010 USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award for the New England Region
  • Two Ivy League Championships (2008, 2011), including a perfect 7-0 conference season (2008)
  • First NCAA Team Tournament appearance in Yale history (2008)
  • First NCAA Team Tournament match win in Yale history (2011)
  • Four-time ECAC Indoor Team Champions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • First Yale doubles team to advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall (2010)
  • 24 All-Ivy League Singles Selections (Nine First Team, 13 Second Team, two Honorable Mention)
  • 12 All-Ivy League Doubles Selections (Four First Team, Eight Second Team)
  • One Ivy League Player of the Year (2008)
  • Two Ivy League Rookie of the Years (2013, 2018)
  • Six Academic All-Ivy League players
  • Seven ITA All-Academic teams (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Collegiate Playing Highlights at Michigan:

  • All-Big Ten Player (1998)
  • Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year (1999)
  • Two-time team captain (1998-2000)
  • Ranks ninth in career wins (80-55)
  • Nationally ranked as high as No. 28 in singles and No. 8  in doubles
  • First player in Michigan history to play in all three national championships (All-American, National Indoors, NCAA Championships)
  • Member of Michigan’s first Big Ten Championship team (1997) 





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2017-18 Yale 6-18 0-7 .250 8th  









Yale's All-Ivy League Players under Danielle McNamara





Janet Kim (First Team)

Christine Alford and Olivia Nix (First Team)


Christine Alford (Second Team)


Sarah Lederhandler (Second Team)


Jessica Rhee (Honorable Mention)



Janet Kim (First Team, Unanimous) (Player of the Year)

Janet Kim and Jessica Rhee (First Team)


Lindsay Clark (Second Team)

Lindsay Clark and Lauren Ritz (Second Team)


Jessica Rhee (Second Team)



Janet Kim (First Team, Unanimous)

Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark (Second Team)


Vicky Brook (Second Team)

Janet Kim and Jessica Rhee (Second Team)


Jessica Rhee (Second Team)


Lindsay Clark (Honorable Mention)



Vicky Brook (First Team, Unanimous)

Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark (Second Team)


Jessica Rhee (Second Team)



Vicky Brook (Second Team)

Lindsay Clark and Annie Sullivan (Second Team)


Elizabeth Epstein (Second Team)


Blair Seideman (Second Team)



Elizabeth Epstein (First Team, Unanimous)

Amber Li and Vicky Brook (First Team)


Blair Seideman (Second Team)

Elizabeth Epstein and Annie Sullivan (Second Team)


Elizabeth Epstein (First Team, Unanimous)

Elizabeth Epstein and Annie Sullivan (Second Team)

Madeleine Hamilton (First Team, Rookie of the Year)


Annie Sullivan (Second Team)

2014 Hanna Yu (First Team, Unanimous) Madeleine Hamilton and Sherry Li (Second Team)
  Annie Sullivan (Second Team)  
2017 Carol Finke (Second Team)  
  Amy Yang (Second Team)  
2018 Samantha Martinelli (First Team, Rookie of the Year) Samantha Martinelli and Elizabeth Zordani (First Team)

Yale's Academic All-Ivy League under Danielle McNamara
2006-07 (Spring): Christine Alford
2008-09 (Spring): Janet Kim
2009-10 (Fall): Sarah Lederhandler
2010-11 (Spring): Stevi Petrelli
2011-12 (Spring): Steph Kent
2012-13 (Spring): Sarah Guzick
2016-17 (Spring): Tina Jiang


Yale's ITA Scholar Athletes under Danielle McNamara

2016-17 (6)
Carol Finke
Tina Jiang
Valerie Shklover
Sunday Swett
Amy Yang
Elizabeth Zordani

2013-14 (4)
Madeleine Hamilton
Amber Li
Annie Sullivan
Hanna Yu

 2012-13 (3)
Elizabeth Epstein
Sarah Guzick
Madeleine Hamilton 

2011-12 (5)
Vicky Brook
Sarah Guzick
Steph Kent
Blair Seideman
Hanna Yu

2010-11 (3)
Vicky Brook
Silia DeFilippis
Steph Kent

2009-10 (4)
Lindsay Clark
Silia DeFilippis
Sarah Lederhandler
Stevi Petrelli

2008-09 (2)
Silia DeFilippis
Sarah Lederhandler

2007-08 (3)
Janet Kim
Lilian Nguyen
Jessica Rhee

2006-07 (2)
Christine Alford
Sarah Lederhandler