Michael Kopelman, a 2013 graduate of Boston University, enters in his 3rd season as men’s and women’s assistant tennis coach. In his two plus seasons at Brandeis University, both programs have continued to rise in the national rankings. Each program finished the 2016-2017 campaign ranked inside the top 20.
2016-2017 served as a historic year for the Judges under the guidance of Kopelman. Overall the women’s program went 15-5, tying the school record for wins set in 1980-81. The Judges reached a program best No. 18 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III national rankings during the season, ending the year at No. 19.
The men’s program also had a record breaking year ending the season 12-8, tied for the most wins since 2006-2007. The men reached a season high ranking of 19 in the country, their highest since 1989. In their biggest win of the year, the judges scored a major upset at the UAA tournament over then 12th ranked Case Western University.
The 2016-2017 season saw 3 Women placed on the All-UAA squad. While 5 men’s players were placed on the All-UAA squad. During the year, Senior Michael Arguello reached the ITA New England regional final in singles, the best finish ever for a Brandeis singles player.
In his time at Brandeis, Kopelman has served as the recruiting coordinator for both programs, during which the Judges have compiled three top 25 recruiting classes, including the 17th ranked recruiting class on the men’s side in 2016.
Kopelman joined the Brandeis tennis staff in the 2015-16 season. He came to Brandeis after a stint as an assistant for the men's and women's teams at cross-town rival Bentley University, his first collegiate coaching experience. During his two year tenure at Bentley, Kopelman coached11 players to Northeast All-conference selections.
As a player, Kopelman spent two years playing at the club level at Florida State University before transferring to Boston University, where he received his B.A. in economics in 2013. He was a two-time captain for the Terriers, earning America East Conference Player of the Week honors in 2011 and two All-AEC doubles honors. In his senior season Kopelman helped to guide the terriers to their first winning season since 2007. Kopelman amassed 50 wins in two and half seasons at Boston University.
Kopelman has coached at tennis clubs in Florida as well as Massachusetts. Most recently coaching at the New England Academy of Tennis in Natick, Mass. In more than 15 years as an instructor, he has coached beginners, top-ranked juniors, aspiring professionals, including serving as a hitting partner for 2013-2014 NCAA women's champion Danielle Collins.
"Mike has a strong tactical understanding of the college game and a great way of communicating his knowledge." says head coach Ben Lamanna, in his 11th year with the Judges. "I also admire his path to get here - from club tennis at Florida State, to D1 tennis at Boston University, and an assistant coach at D2 Bentley. I know he is ready to make an immediate impact on our team culture and performance on the court. I can't wait to get started with him."
Kopelman also serves as an equipment manager.