Eric Berg returns for his 11th season as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at UMass Boston in 2018-19. He is also the Men's Tennis Coach and will enter his 13th season in the spring of 2018.
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. This past fall, the Beacons earned their third-straight trip to the LEC Tournament thanks to a 3-5 mark in conference play. Overall, UMass Boston has made it to the LEC Tournament in three-straight seasons and four of the past six years overall.
The 2016 season saw UMass Boston tie the program record for both wins (8-11) and conference victories (4-4). The Beacons earned their first-ever home win over LEC foe Plymouth State University and they posted a 6-7 record during the fall season.
In 2015, the Beacons enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent memory. UMass Boston won a program-record four conference matches (4-4). The Beacons also won the 2nd Annual Beacons Invitational, earning their first tournament title in program history.
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.
Despite fielding an even younger roster in 2014, the Beacons were in the hunt for a playoff spot until the final week of the Little East Conference season.
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 over 20 years, beginning in 1992 he moved on to the college ranks, serving as an Assistant Coach for the Men’s & Women’s Tennis teams at Division I University of Central Florida. He 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 was an assistant from 1998-2009, and taught and coordinated various programs. 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. He would also serve as the Assistant Pro at Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, MA from 2012-13.
Berg competed on the USTA National Amateur circuit as well, ranking number 13 in the nation among United States amateur doubles players and 19th among US singles players in 1991 and improved to number 16 among singles players the following year. His collegiate career included a three-year stint at The Ohio State University, followed a senior campaign at the University of Central Florida where he played number-one singles and doubles.
Berg graduated from Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication in 1993 and now resides in Dorchester, MA.