David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 37th season with the Crimson after coaching the men’s tennis team to a 23-3 record last season, recording the programs second-best record and 29th Ivy League championship. Fish has brought Harvard to the forefront of men's tennis and into the national limelight since being named head coach in 1976. The Crimson is consistently in the chase for the Ivy League title and among the top teams in the country.
In his 36 complete seasons at Harvard, Fish has amassed an impressive 589-271-1 overall record for a .685 winning percentage. Fish is the winningest men's tennis coach in Harvard history, surpassing mentor and Crimson legend Jack Barnaby's previous record of 371 wins. His squads are a dominant 257-38 (.871) in Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Ivy League play and have won five of the last 12 EITA/Ivy titles, as well as 19 of the last 31 conference crowns.
Fish has guided Harvard into the NCAA Championships 20 times, including 10 consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1999. He coached Harvard to its first ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 5-4 win over Drake in 1992, and has coached the Crimson to 13 total NCAA tourney wins.
Just the third coach in the history of Harvard men's tennis, Fish was named the 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2012 ITA Regional Coach of the Year. He has tutored 14 All-Americans during his tenure, including James Blake (singles and doubles) and Kunj Majmudar `99 (doubles) in 1999. Most recently, Jonathan Chu '05 earned All-America status in both singles and doubles play when he advanced to the NCAA semifinals in both brackets. Chu's doubles partner, Ashwin Kumar '08, also earned All-America status.
A 1972 graduate of Harvard, Fish played on three national championship squash teams and one Ivy Champion tennis team with the Crimson. Fish served as captain for both the tennis and squash teams.