Update 6/19 – 7:30a MT
In an email to Denver tennis supporters Loewenthal called his time at DU an “incredible journey” and thanked head coach Christian Bass for the opportunity. He also deemed his replacement Jesse Medvene-Collins “one of the brightest coaches in the country”
The power coaching duo that took the University of Denver women’s tennis team to six straight Summit League titles will soon be no more. This after head coach Christian Bass announced her second-in-charge David Loewenthal (above, far right) will be leaving the program, effective at the end of the month.
“David was a major asset to our tennis program these past six seasons. I appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to help us bring our program to new heights,” said Bass. “The coaching staff and tennis team wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor.”
A tireless worker for the program and his student-athletes, leaving was not an easy decision for Loewenthal. Reached by LetsGoDU Tuesday, he declined comment at this time.
University of Delaware (UD, funny enough) assistant Jesse Medvene-Collins (above) has been hired to replace Loewenthal. He had his last day in Newark on June 6th. He helped the Blue Hens to a 14-14 record last season.
Bass beamed about what “JMC” will bring to the team: “not only has Jesse put together a very impressive resume of coaching and playing experience, but he is a highly respected class act individual amongst the college tennis community. The team will benefit greatly from Jesse as a teacher and mentor.”
Medvene-Collins, who also spent several years on the staff at Colonial Athletic Association Power William and Mary, says he’s eager to continue a winning tradition.
“I have so much excitement for being a part of what has been going on at Denver in Christian and Dave’s time together there,” he told LetsGoDU. “What they and the student-athletes have achieved there year in and year out is really impressive.”
The Washington, D.C. native describes his coaching style as pragmatic and focused: “I’m someone who really just tries to focus on the controllable things. Getting better each day and earning respect from one another really is what I think is most important and what can keep the program moving forward.”
Loewenthal joined the DU staff in 2013 as an assistant, before being promoted to associate head coach in 2017. He was a two-time-All-ACC pick at Wake Forest, finishing with 101 singles victories, and 71 doubles wins.
He had been working in finance in New York City when the DU assistant coach job opened up. Bass had been serving as the second-in-command for then-head coach Jeremy Wurtzman. He then left to take the men’s job at Indiana, earning Bass a promotion and an opening for Loewenthal to come to Colorado.
His next position will be a return to the business sector in the Denver area. He does say he plans to remain involved with the team and supporting his close friend Bass.
Loewenthal has deep ties to DU. Besides being associate head coach he’s also an alum, having earned his MBA at the Daniels College of Business. And his brother-in-law is another David, head men’s hockey coach David Carle.
The DU women finished the season at #45 in the country. They went 17-6 overall this past season and have never been beaten by a Summit League opponent.