Howard Endelman ‘87CC, a member of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2014, 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.
The 2015 and 2014 Columbia men's tennis teams reached heights it had not attained since Endelman was a player.
In 2015, Columbia posted a 16-6 record and was selected as the No. 17 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Ivy League Championship for the 5th time in the past 9 years. Columbia went on the road in the NCAA Regionals to defeat Georgia Tech of the ACC and SEC-power Mississippi to advance to the Sweet-16 for the second year in a row. This result marked the first time an Ivy League school has reached back-to-back NCAA Sweet-16s in men's tennis. Columbia was downed by eventual National Champion, Virginia. Individually, Columbia's mid-season national ranking of No. 11 was the highest for the program since the start of computer rankings. Senior Winston Lin was named Columbia's first two-time All-American.
Following the 2015 season, the ITA recognized Endelman as the National 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.
In 2014, 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-seed was the highest ranking ever in program history and set the stage for Columbia's first-ever two wins in the NCAA Tournament, downing East Tennessee State and Vanderbilt in Nashville to advance to the Sweet-16. The Lions were beaten by eventual National Champion, USC. Individually, Endelman coached Ivy League Player of the Year and All-American Winston Lin. In addition, Columbia's top doubles team of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur won Columbia's first national championship in over 100 years by taking the title at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, defeating NCAA Champions Mikelis Libietes/Hunter Reese (Tennessee), 6-3, 6-2.
Following the 2013 season, the ITA recognized Endelman as the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
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 draw of the US Open and the qualifying at Wimbledon, and achieving a career-high world ranking of No. 183 in doubles. He also won a bronze medal at the Maccabiah Games. 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 school's first 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 had a wonderful experience as a student-athlete and coach of the women’s program at Columbia, and am happy to be working with Bid, my coach and mentor, and helping 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" Endelman concluded.
“Howard brings an incredible amount of experience and passion to this position,” Goswami said. “It's great to be working with him and pushing our program forward.”