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Weintraub Named Columbia Women's Tennis Coach

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Courtesy: Columbia Athletic Communications

NEW YORK -- Ilene Weintraub‘02CC has been named Columbia University’s head coach of women’s tennis, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, announced today. Weintraub, a former assistant coach and standout student-athlete for the Lions, comes to Columbia after three seasons as head coach at Seton Hall.

During Weintraub’s tenure, the Pirates went 38-27 over three seasons with a 17-12 Big East record, and made three Big East Tournament appearances.

 “Ilene has an obvious energy and passion for Columbia University, Columbia Athletics and the Columbia women’s tennis program,” Murphy says. “She is dedicated to bringing the entire program to the next level and her enthusiasm and understanding of Columbia University is going to serve her well on the recruiting trails.”

Weintraub wasted no time in making her mark on the Seton Hall program. Despite being hired in December of 2004, three months after the 2004-05 season began, Weintraub led the Pirates to a 14-5 spring dual match record, 7-2 in the Big East, and a sixth-place finish at the Big East Tournament in just her first season. It was the first time that the Pirates had been to the postseason in five years.

Prior to her stint at Seton Hall, Weintraub served as an assistant coach at Columbia, where she assisted with recruiting and on-court instruction from 2002-2004, immediately following her playing career.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and coach at one of the best Universities in the world,” Weintraub says. “This is more than a job to me. This is my team and my school, and I know that there is no limit to what the Columbia women’s tennis program can achieve.”

Weintraub was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Lions, earning second team All-Ivy League distinction in doubles in 1999 and 2000.

She succeeds Rob Kresberg, who stepped down in June after 13 years as head coach of the Lions. Weintraub is the sixth head coach of women’s tennis in the 24-year history of the program at Columbia.

Weintraub has also worked as the head assistant tennis pro at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., and as an assistant tennis pro at Willowbrook Swim and Tennis Club in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and West Side Tennis Club in Forrest Hills, N.Y. In the summer of 2004, she was named the head tennis pro at the Old Field Club in Setauket, N.Y.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in theater from Columbia in 2002 and serves as the artistic director of Downstage Eye Music Theater, a non-profit, off-Broadway theater company.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Weintraub earned the prestigious Pegasus Award recognizing New York City’s top high school women’s tennis athlete in 1998. She resides in Manhattan.