Eric Berg begins his eighth season as the Head Women's Tennis Coach for UMass Boston. He is also the Men's Tennis Coach and will enter his ninth season in the spring of 2015.
Since taking over the program, Berg has made it his mission to make UMass Boston tennis one of the most consistent teams in the Little East Conference.
Berg led the Beacons back to the Little East Conference Tournament for the second time in five years in 2013. Despite fielding one of the youngest rosters in the conference, the Beacons earned wins in three of their final four conference contests to return to the LEC Tournament.
The 2013 season marked the first time in his tenure that a Beacon earned a major conference award, as freshman Nuha Muntasser was named the LEC Rookie of the Year.
UMass Boston struggled through a difficult 2012 campaign, finishing the year 3-10 and 1-7 in conference. After losing several key upperclassmen, the Beacons showed great progress towards the end of the season, behind several talented underclassmen.
In 2012, Berg led the Beacons back to the Little East Conference tournament after a two-year hiatus. UMass went on to close out the year with a 6-3 record overall and earned the sixth-seed in the conference tournament after posting a 3-5 record in the Little East. Amongst the year's many highlights was naming of Hieu Nguyen as a First Team All-Conference selection, and the Beacons first win over Western Connecticut State University in a decade.
The 2010 Beacons enjoyed the program's second highest win total, posting eight wins under Berg's tutelage. In 2009, he instructed the 1st Doubles duo to the regular season Little East Conference Championship.
In 2008, Berg led the netters to their highest win total in seven seasons and coached the Beacons' number one doubles pair to the second-highest win total in a single season during his first year as the women's mentor in 2007. Berg also directed the team's number one singles player and doubles tandem to compete in the Little East Conference Flight One Singles and Doubles Championship matches.
Berg has been coaching tennis for almost 20 years, beginning in 1991 when he as an Assistant Coach for the Churchill High School Boys team in his home state of Michigan for a season. Berg moved on to the college ranks, where he was an Assistant Coach for the Men's & Women's Tennis teams at Division I University of Central Florida for the 1992-93 season and remained in Florida to serve as a tennis pro at the Amré Sammakia Tennis Academy, where he coached state, national and internationally-ranked junior players for four years.
He continued his tennis pro career with the Bridges Family Resort & Tennis Club in Warren, VT, where he has been as an assistant since 1998 and taught and coordinated various programs. The well-respected resort has consistently been recognized in the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine. Berg returned to the team coaching arena with a two-year tenure as the Head Boys Coach for Edsel Ford High School in Michigan, prior to his arrival on the UMass Boston campus.
Prior to his ascension to the coaching ranks, Berg was nothing short of an outstanding tennis player, competing at the collegiate level for The Ohio State University, where he compiled a 64% winning percentage in nearly 50 matches and then took his game to University of Central Florida, where he starred as the squad's number one singles player as a senior in 1992. Berg has competed on the Amateur circuit as well, ranking number 13 in the nation among United State amateur doubles players and 19th among US singles players in 1991 and improved to number 16 among singles players the following year. He was also a quarterfinalist in both singles and doubles play at the US National Amateur Indoor Championships in 1991.
Berg graduated from Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication in 1993 and now resides in Dorchester, MA.