Yurovsky Sends Women's Tennis Into NCAA Quarterfinals
Yurovsky Named Women's Tennis Captain for 2015-16 Season
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
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.
Ronni Bernstein is in her ninth season as head coach of the University of Michigan women's tennis program in 2015-16, helping Michigan to six straight Big Ten championships from 2010-15. 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 176-46 (.793) while winning six straight Big Ten Championships (2010, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15). The Wolverines have gone 80-4 in Big Ten action during Bernstein's tenure, including perfect 10-0 seasons in 2010 and 2011 and 11-0 campaigns in 2014 and 2015. U-M won its first Big Ten Tournament title since 1997 during the 2015 season, culminating with a 4-0 win over Ohio State in the final.
The Wolverines have strung together the best six-year span in program history from 2010-15, posting six straight seasons with 20-plus wins, including a program-best 26-4 record in 2015, while winning six Big Ten championships. For her efforts, Bernstein garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year in five seasons and was three times named ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2010, '11, '15).
U-M has claimed the bulk of the Big Ten specialty awards for the past six 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 and 2015 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), Sarah Lee (2012, 2014, 2015) and Alex Najarian (2015) have also earned All-Big Ten honors during this time.
U-M won a school-record 26 matches in 2014-15, with the senior class of Bektas, Lee and Kristen Dodge ending their careers with 92 team wins. U-M advanced to its fourth Sweet 16 in the last five years, falling to Georgia in the third round of the tournament. Bektas repeated as Big Ten Athlete of the Year, with Lee, Yurovsky and Najarian picking up All-Big Ten honors. U-M had two singles participants (Bektas, Yurovsky) and a doubles team (Bektas and Najarian) compete at the NCAA Individual Championships.
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. 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 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 eight NCAA Championship appearances (2008-15)
• Coached U-M to six Big Ten championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• 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)
• Three-time ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2015)
• Coached Big Ten Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015) and Freshman of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
• Coached three U-M players to eight All-America honors
• Coached 11 U-M players to 26 all-conference nominations
• Coached 14 U-M players that have earned 31 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|
|2015-15||Michigan||26-4||.867||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
*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.