Former Florida State tennis standout Daneika Borthwick has been named the assistant women’s tennis coach at Columbia University, head coach Ilene Weintraub announced Friday afternoon.
“We are excited to welcome Daneika into the Columbia tennis family,” Weintraub said. “Daneika brings with her top-level experience while competing at the highest collegiate and international levels. She also has a great desire to begin a career in coaching and has great passion to help student-athletes achieve their full potential."
A native of Cumbria, England, Borthwick played four seasons at Florida State University (2011-16), where she was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Female Scholar-Athlete for the 2014-15 season. A four-year All-ACC selection, three-year team captain and two-time ACC Player of the Week honoree, Borthwick concluded her career ranked among the all-time top-10 Florida State players in most singles and doubles wins and became just the third player in school history to earn three All-ACC First Team honors in a career. She was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in doubles and No. 31 in singles play while competing as the team’s No. 1 player. She also was honored as the Southeast Region’s Most Improved Senior and Cissie Leary Award winner.
Borthwick also competed internationally as she was selected to represent Great Britain National Team at the World University Games (2013 and 2015), President’s Cup (2014) and Maureen Connelly Cup vs. USA (2011).
While at Florida State, Borthwick accumulated four combined years of coaching experience. She currently serves as a private tennis coach and assistant to the director of tennis operations at the Lloyd Neck Bath and Tennis Club in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. Previously, Borthwick worked as an assistant tennis coach at Weybridge Tennis Academy in St. Georges College in Surrey, England (2013-14) and as a private tennis coach at Chatsworth Tennis Club in Carlisle, England (2012-14).
Borthwick is a 2015 Florida State graduate where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. She earned a Master’s degree from FSU in Sports Management with a coaching certificate in August, 2016.