Jay Lapidus, the head coach at Duke for 18 seasons, took on a new role with the program in June, 2008 when he was named the Director of Tennis.
Lapidus oversees the day-to-day operations of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. His duties will include fund raising for both programs, management of the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and game day operations for tournaments and dual matches. During his tenure as head coach he helped raise money to build the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in the winter of 2000. He also helped the Blue Devils resurface the outdoor courts in the U.S. Open blue color and add a state-of-the-art video system and indoor scoreboards on each individual court during the past two seasons.
With an all-time record of 372-126 (.747) at Duke, Lapidus ended his career as the winningest coach in school history. He ranks third in the ACC in career victories (372) and his winning percentage (.747) is fourth best in league history. He won 11 ACC championships, was named the ACC Coach of the Year six times and posted a career record of 133-20 in league play. He guided the Blue Devils to 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1992-2008 with a career record of 32-16 and six quarterfinal appearances. He was named the ITA Region II Coach of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2006 and produced 27 ITA All-Americans and 54 All-ACC selections.
Lapidus came to Duke after serving as an assistant coach at South Carolina for two seasons. A three-time All-America selection and team captain at Princeton University, Lapidus earned a berth on the United States Davis Cup Team in 1980 as well as the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team. In his collegiate playing days, Lapidus was the nation’s top-ranked collegiate tennis player during his junior year at Princeton in 1980. He earned collegiate All-America honors in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and was also ranked No. 1 nationally in 21-and-under singles by the U.S. Tennis Association in 1980.
Upon graduation in 1981, Lapidus played professionally on the Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1981 through 1987 and was ranked as high as No. 29 in the world in singles in 1983. He reached the round of 32 at the U.S. Open in 1984, the round of 16 at the Australian Open in 1985 and the round of 32 at Wimbledon in 1986. He was also a finalist at the Swedish Open, the Swiss Championships and the South Orange Grand Prix Tournament.
Lapidus is married to the former Pia Tamayo and the couple has one son, Jason, born in March of 1997. A native of Princeton, N.J., Lapidus was the national interscholastic singles champion for the Lawrenceville School in 1977 and won four state prep titles. He was inducted in to the Mercer County (NJ) Tennis Hall of Fame on February 23, 2008.