Tennis - W Coaching Staff
Gordon Graham
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 30 Years
Phone: (518) 442-3048

Graham is in his fifth year as head coach of UAlbany women’s tennis in 2015-16.

In 2013, UAlbany made school history as they reached their first America East Conference championship final.  In addition, the Danes beat Binghamton and UMBC (twice), both firsts for the program.  UAlbany landed two players on the All-America East first team: Rocio Lopez in singles and in doubles with Kirsten Scott.  In addition, Sarah Iannone received her second consecutive All-conference academic team selection.

In 2012, Graham’s first year at UAlbany, the Danes finished in fifth place in the America East.  They knocked off a strong Army squad mid-way through the season, the highlight of their year.

Graham is in his fourth decade of coaching NCAA Division I women’s tennis.  As head coach at Harvard for 17 years, Graham guided the program to nine Ivy League championships, and to the NCAA team tournament Round of 16 in 2003 and 2005.  In total, the Crimson advanced to NCAA post-season play eight times.  Under Graham, Harvard women’s tennis climbed to #9 in the nation, the highest ITA ranking of any Ivy League tennis team ever, men or women.  Graham’s Harvard teams recorded a 239-152 dual match record, including 99 wins against Ivy League opposition.

Selected Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Coach of the Year in 2003, Graham tutored several NCAA tournament singles and doubles qualifiers, including one quarterfinalist, Erika de Lone, who went on to become #65 in the WTA.  His program produced three All-Americans, four Ivy League players-of-the-year, six rookies-of-the-year, and many All-Ivy singles and doubles selections.  Graham founded The Tennis Camps at Harvard, a summer day camp that grew to serve over 1200 campers per summer.

Prior to Harvard, Graham was tennis program coordinator and head coach of women’s tennis at the University of the Pacific (UOP) from 1978-90.  In his 12 seasons, the Tigers won 180 dual matches and one Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) championship.  He was named the 1985 PCAA Coach of the Year and the 1989 ITCA Northwest Region Coach of the Year.  He directed professional tennis exhibitions with two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, as well as with Gene Mayer and Bill Scanlon. 

After leaving Harvard, Graham built a community-based tennis program in the Greater Boston area that now serves over 500 juniors and adults per year.  He is a USTA high performance coach and PTR certified tennis professional.  Graham has served in an administrative capacity as chairman of both the Ivy Group Women’s Tennis Coaches and the Northern California Athletic Conference Tennis Coaches, and has served as a member of the NCAA East Region Selection Committee and as coordinator of the ITCA Regional Ranking Committee.

A native of Pella, Iowa, Graham earned his B.A. in psychology from Central College, and a master’s degree in physical education and recreation from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.