Howard Endelman ‘87CC was named Columbia’s Associate Head Coach of Men's Tennis, the Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis Bid Goswami announced in August of 2010.
“We are thrilled to have Howie join our men’s tennis staff,” said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. “He has been incredibly supportive to Columbia Athletics over the years and particularly during my tenure. We are excited to have such an outstanding friend, fan and former captain of Columbia Tennis come back to the program.”
The 2014 Columbia men's tennis team reached heights it had not attained since Endelman was a player. Columbia posted a 20-1 record and was selected as the No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Ivy League Championship. The 16-seeed was the highest ranking ever in program history and set the stage for Columbia's first two wins in the NCAA Tournament, downing East Tennessee State and Vanderbilt to advance to the Sweet 16. Individually, Endelman coached Ivy League Player of the Year and All-American Winston Lin.
Following the 2013 season, the ITA recognized Endelman as the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his contributions to both the Columbia men's tennis program, as well as his promotion of the sport in a number of facets.
Endelman was part of Goswami's first recruiting class at Columbia in 1983, and went on to become one of the most successful players in Columbia tennis history. While playing for the Lions, he amassed Ivy League/EITA individual playing records of 30-4 in singles and 31-3 in doubles and led the team to two Ivy League/EITA titles. He was named first-team All-Ivy League/EITA three times and captained Columbia’s 1987 team, which ranked as high as No.15 in the nation in NCAA Division I. During Endelman's playing career, Columbia’s men’s tennis team achieved a 33-3 Ivy League/EITA record.
After his graduation from Columbia, Endelman spent three years on the ATP Tour, participating in the main draws of both the US Open and Wimbledon, and achieving a career-high world ranking of #183 in doubles. He also won a bronze medal at the Maccabiah Gemes. In 1989, Endelman took the reins of the Columbia women’s tennis team as the head coach, at the time the youngest head coach in any sport in NCAA Division I. Endelman inherited a team with only three players, and orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in Columbia Athletics history, leading the team to its best record ever within just three seasons. Endelman coached Janette Kizer-Antiles, a member of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2008, who was the first Columbia women’s tennis player to attain All-Ivy League status.
Endelman left Columbia in 1992 to attend law school at Boston College, where he earned his J.D. in 1995, and was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the International and Comparative Law Review. After practicing law for three years at the international law firm of Clifford, Chance, Rogers & Wells, Endelman moved on to a 12-year Wall Street career, including positions as a Vice President in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and as a founding partner of Baseline Partners, a private equity investment firm based in India.
“I want to thank Dianne Murphy, Albert Carlson and Phil Milstein for their forward-looking support in helping to make Columbia Men’s Tennis the best it can be,” Endelman said. “I had a wonderful experience as a student-athlete and coach of the women’s program at Columbia, and I look forward to working with Bid, my coach and mentor, to help the men’s program reach the goals he has set. When I left Columbia in the early 1990s, I always thought that I might return. I am grateful to Dianne for this opportunity.”
Endelman joins the Columbia men’s tennis program in the midst of one of its best stretches in program history. In 2010, the Lions won their second consecutive Ivy League championship title, marking Goswami's eighth title of his career, third in the past four years and fifth in the last decade.
“Howard brings an incredible amount of experience and passion to this position,” Goswami said. “I cannot wait to start working with him to keep pushing our program forward.”