Drake Bernstein, a two-time ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year selection, recently completed his third season with the highly successful Georgia women's tennis program. In this span, the Bulldogs have registered a 72-16 record and finished nationally ranked in the top five each year. A member of the 2008 national champion Georgia men's tennis team, Bernstein was named to his current position in July of 2012. In June of 2015, Bernstein was promoted to associate head coach.
In 2015, Bernstein helped guide the Bulldogs to a 24-7 record and No. 5 final ranking. Georgia reached the Final Four of the NCAA Championships and the finals of the ITA National Team Indoors and the SEC Tournament. For the second straight season, he was selected as the ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2014, the Bulldogs enjoyed a banner season, going 24-5 with a final ranking of No. 4. Georgia captured the SEC Tournament title, the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed for the first time in school history, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals plus saw the top duo of Laren Herring and Maho Kowase reach the NCAA Doubles Final. For his efforts, Bernstein was recognized as the ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Bernstein helped Georgia to a 24-4 record, an NCAA Quarterfinals and a final ranking of No. 5. He also helped the program win its first SEC Championship since 2009.
A native of nearby Winder, Ga., Bernstein returned to Georgia prior to the 2012-13 campaign after spending one season as an assistant coach for the University of Alabama women's tennis team. The Crimson Tide finished the season No. 11 - their highest final ranking in program history. Alabama posted an 18-5 record, claimed the SEC Western Division with a 10-1 league mark and played host to an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history.
Bernstein graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2011 with a degree in sports studies. He compiled a career record of 112-44 in singles and 84-56 in doubles and is one of only 14 players in Bulldog history to win over 100 career singles matches. As a senior, he earned All-SEC Second Team honors and was the recipient of the Dick Copas Leadership Award while serving as a team captain.
The Georgia men's tennis team reached the NCAA semifinals in three of Bernstein's four seasons in Athens including the national championship run in 2008, his freshman year. Bernstein enjoyed a stellar prep career at Winder-Barrow High School, registering an 82-1 record that included 79 consecutive victories. He was named the 2007 Athens Banner-Herald Boys Tennis Player of the Year and was a three-time Athens Banner-Herald All-Northeast Georgia selection. He helped Winder-Barrow to its first state tournament appearance in 2006 and again in 2007.