Title: Men's Associate Head Coach
Benjamin Becker enters his first season as associate head coach for the University of Michigan men's tennis team in 2018-19; being named to the position in the summer of 2018.
"Benjamin is a proven winner in college and professional tennis and we are very fortunate to have a person of his caliber join our program," said Steinberg. "I am looking forward to working with Benjamin and building our program to new heights."
Becker arrives in Ann Arbor after most recently serving as a volunteer assistant coach a Southern Methodist University during the 2018 spring season. Prior to SMU, Becker served in the same capacity at his alma mater, Baylor University, during the fall of 2017 upon retirement from professional tennis.
"I am very honored and excited to become a part of the University of Michigan family," said Becker. "I would like to thank Adam Steinberg and Bitsy Ritt for the opportunity to join such an elite tennis program. It will be very exciting to work with one of the best coaches in the country and join him in building a championship caliber team. College tennis is a huge passion of mine and I'm really looking forward to helping our student-athletes excel on and off the court."
From 2005-2017 Becker played professionally on the ATP Tour, competing in 36 main draw grand slam tournaments, while earning his highest world ranking of 35 in 2014. The ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2006, Becker accumulated five career victories over former world No. 1's throughout 12-year career.
A former three time All-American, Becker helped lead Baylor University to the 2004 NCAA Team Championship, while claiming the singles championship in the same season. During his time in Waco as a student-athlete, Becker became Baylor's all-time leader in singles and doubles wins, while also earning three academic All-Big 12 first team honors.
Becker, a native of Merzig, Germany, earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Baylor University in the spring of 2018. He and his wife, Kristin, have three sons, Collin, Connor and Cason.
Title: Women's Associate Head Coach
Teryn Ashley-Fitch is in her 13th season with the University of Michigan women's tennis program and was promoted to associate head coach following the 2009-10 season. Ashley-Fitch arrived in Ann Arbor after a successful professional playing career on the WTA Tour.
In her 12 years on the U-M coaching staff, Ashley-Fitch helped the Wolverines to an overall record of 258-77 (119-8 Big Ten Conference), seven Big Ten championships (2010, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15, '17) and two Big Ten Tournament championships (2015, '18). Michigan has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all 12 seasons Ashley-Fitch has been here, advancing to the 2016 NCAA Quarterfinals and to the Sweet 16 seven times.
Denise Muresan (2010 and 2011 singles; 2011 doubles), Brooke Bolender (2011 and 2013 doubles), Emina Bektas (2012 and 2014 singles; 2013 doubles), Ronit Yurovsky (2016 singles), Brienne Minor (2016 and 2017 singles; 2016 doubles), Mira Ruder-Hook (2016 doubles) and Kate Fahey (2017 singles) have all earned All-America honors under Ashley-Fitch. In addition, Minor won the 2017 NCAA Singles title with Ashley-Fitch on court for all six wins during the run.
Ashley-Fitch was honored as the 2010 ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year as the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. She earned the honor again in 2013 after U-M went 23-6 and won its fourth straight Big Ten title. Ashley-Fitch once again picked up the award in 2018, helping Michigan turn around its season from 4-8 to Big Ten Tournament champions.
Ashley-Fitch was a five-time ITA All-American (singles in 1998-99, doubles in 1998-2000) and a four-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection during her career at Stanford University (1996-2000). A member of the Cardinal's 1997 and `99 NCAA national championship teams, Ashley-Fitch served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons and helped Stanford to a combined record of 115-6 (.950) throughout her career. She achieved ITA national rankings as high as No. 1 in doubles and No. 4 in singles during her career and is listed in a tie for 12th place on the school's all-time dual-match singles wins list (84-17). Ashley earned the Pac-10's indoor singles championship in 1999 and indoor doubles crown in 2000. She was a member of four Pac-10 championship teams during her collegiate career.
Ashley-Fitch was the tennis team's representative on Stanford's Cardinal Council for three years, acting as a liaison between the team and the athletic community.
Following her illustrious collegiate career, Ashley-Fitch enjoyed a five-year stint on the WTA Tour from 2001-06. Ashley-Fitch captured the doubles title at the 2003 ASB Bank Championships in addition to four singles titles and 13 doubles crowns on the ITF circuit. She holds career records of 118-103 in singles and 145-68 in doubles as a professional and has achieved career-high world rankings of No. 59 in doubles (10/27/03) and No. 95 in singles (7/5/04). Ashley-Fitch competed in both the singles and doubles main draw at all four Grand Slam events during her career, reaching the second round in singles at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships.
Ashley-Fitch served as a volunteer assistant coach at Boston College for two seasons (2003-05) while pursuing her professional career. The Eagles compiled a combined record of 26-17 during Ashley-Fitch's tenure.
Ashley-Fitch also served as a teaching pro at the Boston Sports Club and as an instructor/mentor at Tenacity, a non-profit organization for inner-city youth in Boston, Mass., in 2006.
A native of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Ashley-Fitch received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 2001. She was married to Brian Fitch on Aug. 16, 2008. She has a daughter, Abby, and two sons, William and Nicholas.
Title: Men's Volunteer Assistant Coach
Marek Michalicka enters his first season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's tennis team in 2018-19; being named to the position in the summer of 2018.
Michalicka arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past three seasons serving as the assistant coach at Oklahoma State University. In his three seasons with the Cowboys posted consecutive winnings campaigns, reached the NCAA Tournament every year, while earning a top-20 ranking by the ITA each season.
From 2011-2016 Michalicka played professionally, where he earned 11 ITF Futures singles titles and compiled 251 professional victories across both the ITF Futures and Challenger Tour. A Czech Republic native, Michalicka won the 2016 Czech National Indoor Tennis Championship and is ranked as one of the best players in his home country.
A former three-time All-Big Ten selections and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree at the University of Wisconsin, Michalicka is one of the most successful Badgers of all time, where he compiled 97 singles wins and 86 victories in doubles play. His 97-35 record in singles play is the second highest winning percentage in Wisconsin history.
Michalicka, a native of Ricany, Czech Republic, earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2011.
Title: Women's Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ronit Yurovsky is in her first season as the Michigan women's tennis volunteer assistant coach in 2018-19.
Yurovsky, a four-year letterwinner from 2013-16, earned All-America honors during her final season in the Maize and Blue after helping Michigan reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. She graduated third in singles wins (117) with an all-time winning percentage of .755. She is one of two Wolverines in program history to make four NCAA Singles Championship appearances and ended each of her four seasons ranked in the top 50. Yurovsky earned All-Big Ten honors in all four seasons and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013. She also picked up ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and capped her career being named the 2016 ITA Midwest Region Senior of the Year.
Yurovsky was Michigan's Big Ten Female Sportsmanship honoree in 2016 and graduated with a degree in sports management.