2017-18 Men's Tennis
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 MWC: 0-0
2017-18 Men's Tennis Coaches
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Peter Dumas
Head Coach- 1st Season

Dumas was hired as head coach of Cornell College's men's and women's tennis programs in April 2017.  

Dumas (pronounced doo-MOSS), a New York native, took over the Ram programs following the 2017 spring season.

“We are very excited to have Peter joining our team here at Cornell,” Interim Director of Athletics Jeff Meeker said. “He has a passion for coaching and developing student-athletes, and understands the role of athletics within our institution. We believe he is an outstanding fit and look forward to his leadership in building upon the strong foundation we have in our women’s and men’s programs.”

Dumas is a 2013 graduate of Hartwick College, where he was an accomplished four-year varsity player followed by four years coaching both NCAA Division III men’s and women’s programs in Oneonta, N.Y. He served three years as his alma mater’s first full-time assistant coach and was elevated to head men’s and women’s coach in May 2016. 

“I’m very excited to take over the programs at Cornell for multiple reasons,” Dumas said. “I have come to appreciate and understand the benefits of Division III tennis as a player and coach, and am anxious to start working within that model at Cornell.

“The academic opportunities at Cornell, including One-Course-At-A-Time, really stand out to me. I fully believe in a liberal arts education and am impressed with the facilities and on-going renovations on campus. Cornell plays a full competitive schedule and has indoor courts specifically surfaced for tennis, which proves to me the vitality of the tennis programs at the institution.”

The 2016-17 Cornell men’s squad broke the school record for dual wins in a season (17-11) and earned the program’s first-ever berth to the Midwest Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Ram women finished with a strong 18-7 record and placed third in the MWC.

“The students at Cornell seem to be very dedicated to their sports and I’m excited to work with athletes of that caliber,” Dumas said. “I know how to be successful at this level and will bring an individualized and analytical approach to coaching. I think competing for conference titles in future years is realistic and attainable. It seems like a good time to be at Cornell.”

Dumas guided the Hartwick women to an 8-5 record in the fall, culminating with a berth in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament for the first time in consecutive years in program history. The Hawks started the 2015 season with a school-record eight-match winning streak, also finishing 8-5 that year.

Dumas has coached five all-conference performers since 2013. His squads have also excelled in the classroom, compiling 12 academic team awards in the Empire 8 and three times honored with the highest team GPA at Hartwick.

A five-time all-conference player, twice in singles and three times in doubles, Dumas won 51 matches in his college career boasting a 19-10 conference record in singles. He was voted 2013 Team MVP his senior season.

Dumas still plays competitive tennis. His 2015 Eastern Section 5.0 USTA team advanced to the league nationals, held in Palm Springs, Calif.

Dumas was head tennis pro at Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club in 2015, one summer after serving as director of tennis and head tennis pro at Oneonta Tennis Club. 

Dumas earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in human physiology and environmental ecology.