|Position:||The Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis|
One of the winningest coaches in college tennis history and the longest tenured coach at Columbia,has served as the head coach for the Columbia men’s tennis team since 1982.
Columbia finished Goswami’s 34th season as the Ivy League Champions for the third straight year, earning the distinguished coach his 11th Ancient Eight title. During the three-peat, the Lions had eight different players earn 12 all-conference singles honors, as well as seven different players picking up 10 total All-Ivy League doubles honors.
During the 2014 and 2015 campaigns, Goswami helped Columbia to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances with help from the 2015 ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Howard Endelman. Goswami and Endelman tutored Winston Lin, who advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship, earning All-American honors along the way. In addition, Lin was the 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year, the 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and a four-time All-Ivy League selection.
The winningest season under Goswami came during Lin’s junior campaign of 2014, when Columbia went 22-2 in dual matches. The only team losses that season came against No. 3 Georgia at the ITA Kick-Off and the NCAA Championship to the eventual national champions, No. 1 USC. That season began a 21-match winning streak in the Ivy League, as Columbia now has not dropped a dual to an Ancient Eight foe since the 2013 season. As a team, Columbia was ranked as high as No. 16 during the season, the highest ever ranking in program history.
Under Goswami’s leadership, Columbia put up back-to-back Ivy League Rookie of the Year recipient’s during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as Dragos Ignat followed up Lin’s 2012 award when he posted a 14-6 record. The season prior, Lin went 21-1 while playing in the top two spots for the Lions.
Columbia won back-to-back Ivy League titles from 2009-10, giving Goswami two out of three conference crowns, as the Lions raised another banner in 2007. Haig Schneiderman claimed Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, following up the same award that his teammate Jonathan Wong won in 2007. Goswami was also honored for his efforts that season when he was awarded Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year honors, as Columbia went 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League.
The first back-to-back Ivy League titles for Goswami came in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Akram Zaman and Sail Seshadri were both all-conference singles and doubles players for the Lions in 2000, while Oscar Chow picked up his first of three-straight All-Ivy singles honors in 2001. Seshadri was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1998, which was the second time in his career Goswami led someone to the award, with the first coming from Phil Williamson in 1987.
Goswami has had over 15 players go from Columbia to the professional tour, including Jeff Chiang, the 1990 Collegiate Senior Player of the Year, Williamson, the 1987 EITA Player of the Year, and Rob Kresberg, who went on to become the women’s tennis coach at Columbia from 1994-2007.
A former touring pro, Goswami succeeded another ex-touring pro, Paul Gerken, in 1982. He was a member of the Indian Davis Cup squad in 1974-75 and won the Indian National Singles title in 1979 and the Doubles title in 1978.
A native of Assam, in the foothills of the Himalayas, Goswami earned a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Xavier’s College of Calcutta University in 1973 and competed for St. Xavier’s in tennis from 1970-73.
After leaving the tour, Goswami became a club professional and served as the director of tennis at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York from 1977-2012. Goswami and his wife, Anne, reside in South Salem, New York. Their son, Blaise, is a graduate of Princeton University and their daughter, Linnae, a graduate of Columbia College, is a former captain of the Lions’ women’s tennis team.
Goswami by the Numbers
3 – All Americans (Jeff Chiang – 1990; Winston Lin – 2014-15)
4 – Ivy League Players of the Year (Phil Williamson – 1987; Salil Seshadri – 1998; Oscar Chow – 2003; Winston Lin – 2014)
4 – Ivy League Rookies of the Year (Jonathan Wong – 2007; Haig Schneiderman – 2009; Winston Lin – 2012; Dragos Ignat – 2013)
11 – NCAA Tournament Appearances
11 – Ivy League Championships (1984, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016)
34 – All-Ivy League Doubles Players
62 – All-Ivy League Singles Players
454-186 – Career dual record entering the 2017 season