Ben Shapiro enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2018-19. He played a pivotal role in the success of both programs a year ago, in which the women finished 14-4 overall, 8-2 in the NESCAC, reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament and ranked No. 5 in the final ITA poll. The men concluded the season at No. 11 in the final national rankings and won seven matches in the ultra-competitive NESCAC.
Prior to his arrival in Middletown, Shapiro spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant men’s tennis coach for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). While there, he assisted the head coach in recruiting, coaching, and administrative tasks for the nationally-ranked Engineers. Additionally, Shapiro coached the program’s first All-Americans in team history and helped recruit tennisrecruiting.net’s 18th-ranked class in Division III.
Shapiro also served as a tennis pro at Sportime Schenectady this past season, offering private lessons and running clinics for players of all ages and abilities at one of the largest tennis centers in upstate New York.
As a four-year member of the men’s tennis team at the University of Rochester, Shapiro amassed 116 career wins and helped lead the team to its first national ranking since 2006 while playing No. 1 singles. He was named a team captain twice and was an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and University Athletic Association All-Academic selection all four years. Shapiro was also a winner of the Provost Circle Scholar Award as a junior, and the Garnish Scholar Award as a senior, which are awarded to Rochester's top student-athletes.
Shapiro graduated cum laude from Rochester in 2016 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in English with a concentration in language, media and communication, and a minor in Spanish.