Ben Shapiro enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2019-20. He was named 2019 ITA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year, and has played a pivotal role in the success of both programs, including the University’s first women’s team NCAA Championship in 2019.
The historic 2018-19 season concluded with No. 1 Wesleyan capturing its first women’s team National Championship. The victory improved the Cardinals school record for most wins in a season with 20. En route to its title, Wesleyan concluded its home matches with an unblemished 10-0 mark, won its first Little Three title and its first NESCAC Championship. The NCAA Semifinal appearance was the first-ever for the Cardinals. Venia Yeung ’22 advanced to the NCAA singles final, while sister duo Victoria and Kristina Yu won the ITA New England Regional Championships and made it to the NCAA doubles quarterfinals. Yeung and the Yu sisters all earned All-American status, while Victoria Yu was named ITA Senior Player of the Year and was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. The men's team also made history in 2018-19, as they finished the year with a program-record 16 victories en route to the program's second Elite 8 appearance. On the individual side, doubles duo Noah Lilienthal ’22 and Adrian Roji ’21 advanced to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, which marked the first Championship appearance of any tandem in men’s history. Andrew Finkelman ’21, Lilienthal and Roji all earned All-American honors, while Lilienthal was named ITA Rookie of the Year.
During 2017-18, alongside head coach Mike Fried, Shapiro helped lead the women to a 14-4 overall mark, as they reached the Elite 8 and concluded the season with a No. 5 ranking in the final ITA poll. Shapiro also worked with Eudice Chong '18 as she became the first player in NCAA history to win four straight singles championships, and with Chong and Victoria Yu as they won the ITA Oracle Cup and were NCAA doubles finalists. The men wrapped up their 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 has worked as a tennis pro since he was 15 years old, working at clubs such as Sportime Schenectady, Whippoorwill Country Club, Eboshi Tennis Academy, and the New York Athletic Club.
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.