David Schwarz enters his sixth season as the head coach for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women's Tennis program in 2019-20, after guiding the Athenas to the national championship in 2018 as the tournament's host and a runner-up finish in 2019 in their second straight apperance in the national championship match.
In the past five seasons, the Athenas have earned five straight SCIAC titles and made five NCAA appearances, with a third place finish in 2017 and a fourth place finish in 2015 to go along with the last two finals appearances. Schwarz took the Athenas through an undefeated regular season during the 2016-17 year and led them to the NCAA semifinals that same year, receiving the 2017 ITA National Coach of the Year.
In addition to the team championship, Schwarz also coached the doubles pair of Catherine Allen (Scripps '20) and Caroline Cox (CMS '21) to a 2019 national championships, defeating their own teammates in the finals, Nicole Tan (CMC '20) and Sarah Bahsoun (CMC '22) as the two Athena duos finished 1-2 in the national rankings. He also had another doubles pair in Caroline Ward (CMC '16) and Katie Kuosman (CMC '17), who were national runners-up in three straight seasons in 2014, 15, and 16.
Over his first five years with the Athenas, Schwarz has compiled an impressive 131-13 record for a .910 winning percentage. He has also led CMS to undefeated seasons in the SCIAC in four of his five seasons, putting together a 49-1 career record against league foes.
Prior to coming to CMS, Schwarz spent 14 years as a head coach at the Division I and III levels. He most recently was the head coach of the Brown University men’s tennis program, where he went 57-35 over four seasons (2010-2014). Prior to Brown, his head coaching career began at the Division III level for the men’s team at Middlebury College (2000-2010).
During his tenure at Middlebury, Schwarz became the most successful men’s tennis coach in program history, sending the school to its first NCAA postseason appearance. In 10 seasons at Middlebury, he had an overall record of 174-37 (.825), while leading the Panthers to national prominence. Under Schwarz’s guidance, Middlebury made eight-straight trips to the NCAA final four, with the 2004 squad capturing the school’s first NCAA Tennis national title. His success that season earned him the ITA Coach of the Year. Schwarz’s 2006 and 2007 teams set school records at the time, with 22 wins each season. Those records were eclipsed in 2010 when the Panthers earned a 23-2 mark en route to Middlebury’s second national championship in men’s tennis.
After winning the national title with the CMS women's tennis team in 2018, Schwarz became only the fifth coach to win NCAA titles in both men's and women's tennis, and the first to do it at two different schools.
The ITA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2004, Schwarz was named NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2010, and earned ITA Regional Coach of the Year honors in both 2009 and 2010.
Schwarz played his collegiate tennis at Cornell University, where he graduated in 1989 after growing up in Ithaca. Schwarz began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater in the fall of 1996 as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach. Following one year in that role, he became the assistant men’s coach (1997-2000), spending the 1998-99 season as an assistant with the women as well. The Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000, Schwarz was also the managing director of the Cornell Tennis & Squash Center.
Born in Providence, Schwarz received a master’s degree from Cortland State (N.Y.) in 1994.