Bernstein, Bektas Honored with ITA Women's Tennis Awards
Women's Tennis Signs Blue-Chip Recruit Najarian to NLI
Women's Tennis Adds Ucros For 2013-14
Postgame Notes: #6 Michigan 7, Ohio State 0
Postgame Quotes: #6 Michigan 7, Ohio State 0
U-M head coach Ronni Bernstein sits down for this Q&A interview (July 15, 2013).
Ronni Bernstein talks the upcoming contests with Penn State on Friday (April 19) and Ohio State on Sunday (April 21), and honoring Mimi Nguyen on Senior Day.
No. 13 Michigan continues its four-match homestand this weekend, hosting No. 14 Texas on Sunday (Feb. 24). Doubles start at 11 a.m.
A preview of the U-M women's tennis team's season, which kicks back up this weekend at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor.
Ronni Bernstein is in her eighth season as head coach of the University of Michigan women's tennis program in 2014-15, helping Michigan to five straight Big Ten championships from 2010-14. Bernstein has a wealth of experience, having achieved great success as an All-American collegiate player, touring professional, private instructor and head coach.
Bernstein has made a significant impact since arriving in Ann Arbor, compiling an overall record of 151-42 (.782) while winning five straight Big Ten Championships (2010, '11, '12, '13, '14). The Wolverines have gone 69-4 in Big Ten action during Bernstein's tenure, including perfect 10-0 seasons in 2010 and 2011 and an 11-0 campaign in 2014. With a 7-0 win over Western Michigan on Feb. 22, Bernstein captured her 300th career win as a college coach.
The Wolverines have strung together the best five-year span in program history from 2010-14, posting five straight seasons with 20-plus wins, including similar 24-5 records in 2010 and 2011, while winning five Big Ten championships. For her efforts, Bernstein garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year in all five seasons and was twice named ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2010, '11).
U-M has claimed the bulk of the Big Ten specialty awards for the past five seasons, as Denise Muresan won back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year honors (2010, 11) while Mimi Nguyen (2010), Brooke Bolender (2011),Emina Bektas (2012) and Ronit Yurovsky (2013) have been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in successive seasons. Bektas was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2014 to become the first player in U-M history to win both conference freshman and athlete honors in a career.Whitney Taney (2010, 2011), Sam Critser (2011) and Sarah Lee (2012, 2014) have also earned All-Big Ten honors during this time.
With just one senior in 2013-14, Michigan once again strung together 20 wins with a 22-5 campaign. U-M went 11-0 in the Big Ten for the first time ever en route to the program's fifth straight championship. Bektas was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Bernstein was named the Coach of the Year, while Bektas, Bolender, Lee and Yurovsky each earned first team all-conference honors. Yurovsky and Bektas each participated in the NCAA Singles Championship, as Bektas and Bolender teamed up for an appearance in the doubles tourney. Bektas finished the year ranked No. 16 in singles to earn the third All-America citation of her career.
U-M continued its winning ways in 2012-13, making its fourth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and finishing the year with a 23-6 record. The Wolverines won their fourth straight Big Ten crown after going 10-1 during conference action. Bektas, Bolender and Yurovsky all participated in NCAA Individual action, with Yurovsky and Bektas becoming the first Wolverine teammates to earn singles berths in the same season. Bektas and Bolender earned All-America honors as a doubles team, ending the year ranked No. 4.
Michigan made its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2012, ending the year as the No. 14-ranked team in the country. The Wolverines compiled a 21-8 record,going 10-1 in Big Ten Conference play to capture its third consecutive league title. Bektas became the first Wolverine rookie to earn All-America honors in singles.
The Wolverines ended 2011 as the No. 10-ranked team in the country, going 24-5 (10-0 Big Ten) while hosting the ITA Kick-Off, the Big Ten Championships and an NCAA Regional at the Varsity Tennis Center. Muresan became the first Wolverine to ever win All-America honors in both singles and doubles in the same year, ending the year ranked No. 6 in singles and No. 11 in doubles. Bolender also earned All-America status in doubles, the first freshman to garner the accolade.
In 2010, the Wolverines shot up in the rankings all season, earning a program-best mark of No. 3 following U-M's first win over Northwestern since 1997. U-M, which went 24-5 (10-0 Big Ten), made its first-ever appearance at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and knocked off its first top-10 opponent in Miami at the tournament. The Maize and Blue ended the year with a No. 8 ranking, the highest season-ending ranking ever. Muresan, Taney and Rika Tatsuno all participated in the NCAA Individual Championships. Muresan became the second player in school history to earn All-America honors after finishing the season ranked No. 18.
In her first two years in Ann Arbor, she guided the Wolverines to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Big Ten Tournament, as well as two second-round appearances at the NCAA Championship. Chisako Sugiyama (2005-08) earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA Singles Championship under Bernstein's tutelage, becoming just the third player in program history to make two appearances at the national tournament twice in a career.
Bernstein arrived at Michigan after a decorated 10-year head coaching career at Florida International University (Miami, Fla.) from 1997-2007. The winningest and longest-tenured head coach in the history of the FIU women's tennis program, Bernstein compiled a career record of 165-71 (.699) as the leader of the Golden Panthers. She guided Florida International to the Sun Belt Conference tournament title in each of her final three seasons, and FIU earned a bid to the NCAA Championship in five of her final seven years.
The four-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year had her most successful campaign in 2000-01, when the Golden Panthers finished with a program-best 23-3 record and made their first-ever NCAA appearance. Florida International put together an 18-match winning streak during the year, and a 4-0 victory over Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA Championship gave the school its first-ever win at the national tournament. FIU knocked off 11-of-14 nationally-ranked opponents en route to its program-best No. 24 final national ranking. The Golden Panthers were listed as high as No. 16 that season. Bernstein also helped Anneliese Rose secure the program's first-ever invitation to the NCAA Singles Championship. One year later, Bernstein's team finished with an 18-7 record and was rewarded with its second straight NCAA berth. Florida International reeled off wins against eight nationally-ranked opponents, including a 4-3 upset triumph over No. 9 Tennessee, and finished the season ranked No. 38 in the country.
FIU returned to the NCAA Championship in 2005, recording a 4-2 first-round victory over Florida State. The Golden Panthers found themselves in the postseason after claiming their first-ever Sun Belt tournament championship, leading to Bernstein's first career conference Coach of the Year accolade. Concluding the year with a 19-6 record, Florida International's No. 32 final national ranking was the second-highest in program history. Paula Zabala also earned FIU's second-ever bid to the NCAA Singles Championship, capping off another stellar season for the Golden Panthers.
A native of Miami, Bernstein joined the Florida International coaching staff as an assistant in August of 1995 and was promoted to associate head coach after one season. She accepted the head coaching position in May of 1997.
Bernstein was a four-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles during her illustrious collegiate career at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1984-88. She was named the NCAA Senior Player of the Year in 1988 after reaching the finals in doubles and semifinals in singles at the national tournament. As a sophomore in 1985-86, Bernstein (then Reis) teamed with Lise Gregory to win both the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor and NCAA doubles titles en route to finishing the year with an undefeated record of 29-0. Bernstein compiled impressive career marks of 103-21 (.831) in singles (second all-time at Miami) and 89-11 (.890) in doubles (eighth all-time) while helping the Hurricanes consistently finish among the top five of the national rankings. Miami put together a combined record of 85-23 during Bernstein's career, earning a runner-up finish at the 1985 NCAA Championship before making a semifinal appearance at the national tournament in 1986.
Among her other credits, Bernstein claimed the doubles gold medal at the 1985 Pan American Games, the doubles bronze medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games and she was a triple gold medalist at the 1985 Maccabiah Games. She was also named by Tennis Magazine as a member of its Collegiate All-Star team in 1986, '87 and '88 and was selected to the USTA Federation Cup team those same years. In 2000, Bernstein was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in business management from Miami in 1988, Bernstein played professionally on the WTA Tour for two years, achieving career-high world rankings of No. 30 in doubles and No. 78 in singles in 1989. That same year, she was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year for Domino's Team Tennis. Bernstein was also a two-time Virginia Slims of Puerto Rico doubles champion (1987, '89), a Virginia Slims of Aptos, Calif., doubles champion (1988) and a Virginia Slims of Wichita, Kan., singles semifinalist (1989) during her pro career.
Bernstein returned to the collegiate ranks in 1990, when she served as an assistant coach at Arizona State University. That year, the Sun Devils posted a record of 19-10 and finished ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Bernstein captured the 1984 Florida state singles championship as a senior at Miami Sunset Senior High School. She was also the 1984 USTA Florida State Closed singles champion and was ranked No. 1 in the state during her last year of juniors.
Bernstein and her husband, Morty, have three children, sons Max and Jake and daughter Hannah.
THE RONNI BERNSTEIN FILE
Born: May 10, 1966
Hometown: Miami, Florida
High School: Miami Sunset Senior
College: Miami (Fla.), 1988
Bachelor's Degree: Business Management
Family: Married, husband Morty; children Max, Jake, Hannah
Collegiate Coaching Experience: University of Michigan (Head Coach), 2007-present. Florida International University (Head Coach), 1997-2007. Florida International University (Associate Head Coach), 1996-97. Florida International University (Assistant Coach), 1995-96. Arizona State University (Assistant Coach), 1990-91.
Professional Playing Experience: WTA Tour, 1988-1990.
Collegiate Playing Experience: University of Miami (Fla.), 1984-88.
Collegiate Coaching Highlights
Coached Michigan to seven NCAA Championship appearances (2008-14)
Coached U-M to five Big Ten championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Guided U-M to its highest-ever ranking (No. 3) and highest year-end ranking (No. 8) in 2010
Five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Two-time ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2010, 2011)
Coached Big Ten Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2014) and Freshman of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Coached three U-M players to eight All-America honors
Coached 10 U-M players to 22 all-conference nominations
Coached 13 U-M players that have earned 26 academic all-conference nominations
Four-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year (2000, '05-07)
Coached Florida International to three Sun Belt Conference tournament championships (2005-07)
Coached Florida International to five NCAA Championship appearances (2001-02, '05-07)
Coached two FIU NCAA singles qualifiers (2001, '05) and one FIU NCAA doubles qualifier (2006)
Coached eight FIU singles players to 14 all-conference nominations
Coached three FIU doubles teams to five all-conference nominations
Coached 21 FIU players that have earned 37 academic all-conference nominations
Florida International's Presidential Excellence Award winner (2007)
Professional Playing Highlights
Achieved career-high WTA world rankings of No. 30 in doubles (1989) and No. 78 in singles (1989)
Domino's Team Tennis Player of the Year (1989)
Domino's Team Tennis Rookie of the Year (1989)
Two-time Virginia Slims of Puerto Rico doubles champion (1987, '89)
Virginia Slims of Aptos, Calif., doubles champion (1988)
Virginia Slims of Wichita, Kan., singles semifinalist (1989)
Collegiate Playing Highlights
NCAA Senior Player of the Year (1988)
Four-time ITA All-American in singles and doubles (1985-88)
NCAA doubles champion (1986)
NCAA doubles finalist and singles semifinalist (1988)
ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor doubles champion (1986)
Compiled career records of 103-21 (.831) in singles and 89-11 (.890) in doubles
Three-time Tennis Magazine Collegiate All-Star (1985-87)
Three-time USTA Junior Federation Cup team member (1985-87)
Pan American Games gold medalist in doubles (1985)
Goodwill Games bronze medalist in doubles (1986)
Maccabiah Games triple gold medalist (1985)
University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2000)
Collegiate Coaching Record
|2000-01||Florida International||23-3||.885||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2001-02||Florida International||18-7||.720||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2004-05||Florida International||19-6||.760||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2005-06||Florida International||21-6||.778||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2006-07||Florida International||19-5||.792||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2007-08||Michigan||19-6||.760||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2008-09||Michigan||18-7||.720||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2009-10||Michigan||24-5||.828||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2010-11||Michigan||24-5||.828||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2011-12||Michigan||21-8||.724||t-1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2012-13||Michigan||23-6||.793||t-1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2013-14||Michigan||22-5||.815||1st||NCAA Second Round|
*Florida International was a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (now Atlantic Sun) during Bernstein's first season before moving to the Sun Belt Conference at the start of the 1998-99 season. Neither conference keeps league records, thus the conference tournament decides the league champion.