Michael 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. Kopelman has also coached at clubs including Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the New England Academy of Tennis in Natick, Mass. In more than 10 years as an instructor, he has coached beginners, top-ranked juniors, aspiring professionals, including 2013-2014 NCAA women's champion Danielle Collins.
As a player, Kopelman spent two years playing at the club level at Florida State University before transfering 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.
"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 assistant equipment manager.