MEN'S HEAD COACH ADAM STEINBERG
Ronni Bernstein enters her 12th season as the head coach in 2018-19, helping the Maize and Blue to seven Big Ten championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles and seven NCAA Sweet 16 appearances during her tenure. Bernstein has a wealth of experience, having achieved great success as an All-American collegiate player, touring professional, private instructor and head coach.
In her 11 years at the helm in Ann Arbor, Bernstein has compiled a 111-6 record in Big Ten matches with five perfect B1G seasons. The Wolverines won the 2015 and 2018 Big Ten Tournament titles and have advanced to the championship match in all 11 of Bernstein's seasons.
Bernstein has coached seven Wolverines to 14 All-America honors, including three-time All-Americans Denise Muresan, Emina Bektas and 2017 NCAA Singles Champion Brienne Minor. Minor became the first Wolverine in program history to win a national title after winning six straight matches in the individual tournament. In addition, Kate Fahey made a run to the quarterfinals of the 2017 tourney.
On the conference level, Bernstein has coached three Athletes of the Year (Bektas, Muresan, Fahey) and helped four Wolverines earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors (Mimi Nguyen, Brooke Bolender, Bektas and Ronit Yurovsky). Her Wolverines have 35 All-Big Ten citations over the last 11 seasons and 46 Academic All-Big Ten honors. She has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year five times.
Michigan has advanced to the Round of 16 seven times in the last 11 seasons under Bernstein, highlighted by an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. U-M held a match point to advance to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Stanford. The Maize and Blue has hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament seven times under Bernstein and has a 19-11 record in NCAA matches.
Overall at U-M, Bernstein is 241-71 as one of two coaches in school history to record 200 wins. Her .774 winning percentage is the highest in women's tennis history and her teams are 122-12 at the Varsity Tennis Center. She has strung together eight 20-win seasons, setting a new Michigan record with 26 wins in 2015.
Bernstein arrived at Michigan after a decorated 10-year head coaching career at Florida International University (Miami, Fla.) from 1997-2007. The winningest and longest-tenured head coach in the history of the FIU women's tennis program, Bernstein compiled a career record of 165-71 (.699) as the leader of the Golden Panthers. She guided Florida International to the Sun Belt Conference tournament title in each of her final three seasons, and FIU earned a bid to the NCAA Championship in five of her final seven years.
The four-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year had her most successful campaign in 2000-01, when the Golden Panthers finished with a program-best 23-3 record and made their first-ever NCAA appearance. Florida International put together an 18-match winning streak during the year, and a 4-0 victory over Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA Championship gave the school its first-ever win at the national tournament. FIU knocked off 11-of-14 nationally-ranked opponents en route to its program-best No. 24 final national ranking.
Bernstein was a four-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles during her illustrious collegiate career at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1984-88. She was named the NCAA Senior Player of the Year in 1988 after reaching the finals in doubles and semifinals in singles at the national tournament. As a sophomore in 1985-86, Bernstein (then Reis) teamed with Lise Gregory to win both the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor and NCAA doubles titles en route to finishing the year with an undefeated record of 29-0. Bernstein compiled impressive career marks of 103-21 (.831) in singles and 89-11 (.890) in doubles while helping the Hurricanes consistently finish among the top five of the national rankings. Miami put together a combined record of 85-23 during Bernstein's career, earning a runner-up finish at the 1985 NCAA Championship before making a semifinal appearance at the national tournament in 1986.
Among her other credits, Bernstein claimed the doubles gold medal at the 1985 Pan American Games, the doubles bronze medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games and was a triple gold medalist at the 1985 Maccabiah Games. She was also named by Tennis Magazine as a member of its Collegiate All-Star team in 1986, '87 and '88 and was selected to the USTA Federation Cup team those same years. In 2000, Bernstein was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in business management from Miami in 1988, Bernstein played professionally on the WTA Tour for two years, achieving career-high world rankings of No. 30 in doubles and No. 78 in singles in 1989. That same year, she was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year for Domino's Team Tennis. Bernstein was also a two-time Virginia Slims of Puerto Rico doubles champion (1987, '89), a Virginia Slims of Aptos, Calif., doubles champion (1988) and a Virginia Slims of Wichita, Kan., singles semifinalist (1989) during her pro career.
Bernstein captured the 1984 Florida state singles championship as a senior at Miami Sunset Senior High School. She was also the 1984 USTA Florida State Closed singles champion and was ranked No. 1 in the state during her last year of juniors.
Bernstein and her husband, Morty, have three children, sons Max and Jake and daughter Hannah.