Ritush Venugopal came to Western with an impressive history of coaching and directorships.
Last spring, he guided the Colonials to an undefeated regular season and the Little East Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Western went 13-1 overall and were 7-0 in the league in 2010. Its only loss came in the NCAA Tournament, the program's first-ever appearance in the national tournament.
He was the Director of Tennis at Ridgefield (CT) Athletic Club from 1995 to 2006 and coached the Ridgefield High School varsity tennis team from 2002 to 2007. Since 2006, Venugopal has been Co-Director of Elite Juniors and Match-Making at the Four Seasons Racquet Club. He recently was named Director of the Western Field Club.
Since 1998, he has been the Head Coordinator of the New England USTA Fairfield County Club Summer League.
In 2005, Venugopal coached the Champion of the USTA Open Nationals Team Tennis Championships in Las Vagas. Two years later, he mentored the New England Men's USTA 3.5 Champions at the 2007 National Championships.
His playing career included qualifying for the Pilot Pen Tournament in New Haven, CT in 1997. From 1992 to 1995, he was ranked among the Top 16 in the Nation in NAIA Division I while he earned a degree in Marketing and Management at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA.
In 1989 and 1990, he was ranked #10 in the Men's Division in India.