|Alma Mater:||Columbia University|
A former Lion tennis player, Ilene Weintraub ‘02CC was named Columbia University's head women’s tennis coach during the summer of 2007. Weintraub is the sixth head coach of Columbia's women’s tennis program and has revitalized a program that won its first Ivy League title in 2013.
In her 10 seasons as head coach at Columbia, Weintraub has guided the program to two NCAA Tournament appearances (2014 and 2016), captured one Ivy League team title (2013), assembled two recruiting classes that ranked among the nation’s top-10 by tennisrecruiting.net (No. 6 in 2015 and No. 10 in 2017), guided the Lions to winning seasons both overall and in Ivy League play in five of the last six years and earned two Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in both 2014 and 2016. In addition, the program has earned three Ivy League Player of the Year awards and 37 All-Ivy League honors since her arrival.
As the program’s all-time winningest coach, Weintraub enters the 2017-18 season needing only two more victories to become the first coach in school history to win 100 dual matches. She has 98 wins.
Weintraub’s current 2017 recruiting class was ranked No. 10 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net.
In 2016, Columbia earned its second all-time NCAA Tournament appearance as Weintraub came away with ITA/Wilson Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors. The program was ranked as high as No. 33 during the season and captured the ECAC Championship on Feb. 7. At Dartmouth, the Lions defeated the No. 32 ranked Big Green in the semifinal round, 4-3, before besting Harvard, 4-2, to earn the championship. Weintraub coached four All-Ivy League selections in 2016, headlined by the conference Player of the Year Kanika Vaidya, who also earned the ITA Northeast Regional Player of the Year honors.
In 2015, four Lions came away with All-Ivy League honors as Columbia finished the season wtih four conference victories. Vaidya was a first team All-Ivy League singles selection, with Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang joining her on the first team doubles list. The second team singles selections from Columbia included Rima Asatrian and Jiang.
The 2014 ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, Weintraub led the Lions to within one match of repeating as conference champions. Despite narrowly missing that feat, Columbia broke a school record for wins with a 16-4 record and a top-40 national ranking and helped the program earn its first-ever at-large NCAA Tournament selection. Individually, Weintraub coached four All-Ivy League selections, highlighted by singles and doubles first team selections from Vaidya and was honored as the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year for her efforts.
The 2013 season saw the Lions finish 13-5 overall and 6-1 in Ivy League play. The 13 wins tied the most in program history set just one year before, with many of the victories coming against highly touted competition. The six league wins were also a program-best. Highlight victories from the season include beating No. 42 Kansas State, the highest ranked opponent Columbia previously ever defeated, downing Harvard for the second time in program history and sweeping Princeton in the regular season finale to clinch a share of the Ivy League Championship with Yale. Nicole Bartnik '13CC repeated as the Ivy League Player of the Year, finishing a perfect 13-0 in conference matches over her final two seasons. Bartnik was also recognized as the ITA Northeast Region Senior of the Year. Also winning postseason awards were Bianca Sanon (All-Ivy League first team, doubles and singles), Vaidya (All-Ivy League first team doubles, second team singles, ITA NE Region Rookie of the Year) and Leung (All-Ivy League second team doubles).
In 2012, Columbia posted a 13-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Ivy League. Both were historic feats, as the 13 overall wins were the most by a Columbia women's tennis team in school history and the 4-3 Ivy League record was also the best mark in school history. Bartnik was a unanimous choice for Ivy League Player of the Year after a brilliant 2012 season in which she went undefeated in Ivy League play at the No. 1 singles spot. Bartnik was joined by Bianca Sanon '14CC (second team All-Ivy, singles) and Sanon and Tiana Takenaga '14CC (second team All-Ivy doubles) on the postseason awards list. Weintraub returned to Columbia in 2007 after she served as the head women's tennis coach at Seton Hall. During Weintraub’s successful tenure at Seton Hall, the Pirates went 38-27 over three seasons with a 17-12 Big East record and advanced to three Big East Tournaments.
Weintraub wasted little time in making her mark on the Seton Hall program. Despite being hired in December of 2004, three months after the 2004-05 season began, Weintraub led the Pirates to a 14-5 spring dual match record, going 7-2 in the Big East, with a sixth-place finish at the Big East Tournament. It was the first time that the Pirates had been to the postseason in five years. Prior to her stint at Seton Hall, Weintraub served as an assistant coach at Columbia, where she assisted with recruiting and on-court instruction from 2002-04, immediately following her playing career. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and coach at one of the best universities in the world,” Weintraub said after her hire. “This is more than a job to me. This is my team and my school, and I know that there is no limit to what the Columbia women’s tennis program can achieve.”
Weintraub was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Lions, earning second team All-Ivy League distinction in doubles in 1999 and 2000.
Along with her duties at Columbia, Weintraub became the head pro at the Huntington Crescent Club in Long Island in 2013.
Weintraub has also worked as the head assistant tennis pro at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., as an assistant tennis pro at Willowbrook Swim and Tennis Club in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. In the summer of 2004, she was named the head tennis pro at the Old Field Club in Setauket, N.Y.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Columbia in 2002 and currently serves as the artistic director of Downstage Eye Music Theater, a non-profit, off-Broadway theater company.
A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Weintraub earned the prestigious Pegasus Award recognizing New York City’s top high school women’s tennis athlete in 1998. She resides in Manhattan.
THE ILENE WEINTRAUB FILE
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bachelor of Arts, Theater, Columbia University, 2002
Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Columbia University, 2007-current
Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Seton Hall University, 2004-07
Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach, Columbia University, 2002-04
Two NCAA Tournament appearances (2014, 2016) … One Ivy League Championship (2013) … Two-time ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year awards (2014 and 2016) … All-time winningest coach in school history (98 victories) … Three Ivy League Player of the Year honorees … 37 All-Ivy League honorees ... Two top-10 national recruiting classes (No. 6 in 2015, No. 10 in 2017) … Guided Columbia to winning records in both overall play and Ivy League play in five of last six years.
Four-year tennis letterwinner at Columbia from 1999-2002 … Two-year team captain … All-Ivy League selection in doubles in both 1999 and 2000 … Won the prestigious 1998 Pegasus Award as New York City’s top high school women’s tennis athlete.