May 15, 2006
Danielle Lund, a former professional tennis player who earned a WTA world ranking in singles and doubles before becoming an assistant coach at Yale, was named head coach of the Bulldog women's tennis team today.
Lund, who worked under interim head coach Katie Granson this year, becomes the ninth mentor of the Yale women's tennis program.
"I am thrilled and honored to have this position," said Lund, a former University of Michigan captain and All-Big Ten selection who is the first Michigan women's tennis player to become a college head coach. "Representing this famous institution and storied athletics program makes it a special job. I am equally excited because it is such a great opportunity to take this program to the next level. We have everyone back from last year, two excellent freshmen are coming and we will have a new facility (Cullman-Heyman Center)."
Lund was assistant head tennis pro and director of youth tennis at Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster, Mass., from 2003 to 2005 following a year as a pro player. She also is the co-director of the Nike Junior Tournament Tennis Camp at Mt. Holyoke College and served as head coach of the girls' tennis team at Cushing Academy in 2004. Lund also was a volunteer coach with the Boston University women's team in 2004-05.
Lund received a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in organizational studies from Michigan in 2001, earning the athletic department's Academic Achievement Award and the Donald R. Shepherd endowed scholarship for academic and athletic success. She helped the team to its first Big Ten Championship in 1997, captained the team as a junior and senior, was all-conference in 1999 and was the 2001 Big Ten Sportswoman of the Year. In addition, Lund was the first Wolverine player to be invited to the ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships.
Lund, who played for Bitsy Ritt at Michigan and then served as her assistant coach for a year, helped the team to a national ITA ranking of No. 39.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD & Sports Publicity Director