Drake Bernstein has been named the women's tennis assistant coach.
July 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Drake Bernstein - a member of the 2008 national champion Georgia men's tennis team - has been named assistant women's tennis coach here, Bulldog head coach Jeff Wallace announced Monday.
A native of Winder, Ga., Bernstein returns to Georgia after spending the past season as an assistant coach for the University of Alabama women's tennis team. The Crimson Tide finished the season ranked 11th - 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.
"We are very excited to have Drake joining our staff and pleased to have another former Bulldog return to the program," said Wallace. "He has a great work ethic and gained valuable experience last year at Alabama in helping the Crimson Tide to their best season ever."
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. He 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.
"It's always been a dream of mine to get back to Georgia," Bernstein said. "Georgia Tennis has always been special to me, especially growing up here. Playing here for four years, and now to come back on the other side of it, I couldn't ask for anything more."
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity I had at Alabama," Bernstein said. "I learned a lot through that experience this past year, and now I hope to channel that experience here at Georgia."
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.