Bid Goswami, longtime Head Coach for Columbia Men’s Tennis, announced he will be retiring following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
“It has been my absolute privilege and honor to serve as Columbia University’s Men’s Tennis Coach these last 37 years,” Goswami wrote in a message to the program’s alumni, fans and friends. “I am confident our program is in a very healthy and strong position now, so it feels this is the perfect time for me to retire. How apropos then—and most exciting for me—that my very first recruit, Howard Endelman, will take over the helm of Lions tennis.”
In the nearly four decades leading the Columbia program, Goswami left his mark as a true legend in the college tennis world. He has posted a 493-196 record, the most wins by a coach in school history, and has established Columbia as a consistent contender on the national scene.
In all, Goswami has won 13 Ivy League titles, including five consecutive from 2013-2018 and has his team in position for a sixth straight title in 2019. Columbia has reached the NCAA Tournament 13 times and advanced to the Sweet 16 three times, and Bid has coached seven Ivy League Player of the Year winners.
“Bid Goswami is synonymous with Columbia University and Columbia Men’s Tennis,” said Peter Pilling, Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Columbia. “He is a genuine, humble leader who has always been focused on helping his student-athletes achieve more than they ever thought they were capable of accomplishing both on and off the court. To compete consistency on a national level while displaying the highest level of academic success is truly remarkable. We owe him a heartfelt thank you for his lifetime contributions to our tennis program.”
In his final season, Goswami has his Lions in prime position for another Ivy League title and beyond. Ranked inside the Top 10, the team fared well at the ITA National Indoor Championships where it defeated ninth-ranked Baylor and number 11 Notre Dame, and the team’s lone loss of the season, up to this point, came at the hands of top-ranked Wake Forest.
Taking over for Goswami starting next season will be Howie Endelman, who has served as the Associate Head Coach since 2010. As a player, Endelman was Goswami’s first recruit and played for the Lions from 1984-1987, helping to win two Ivy League titles and was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
“As a member of Bid’s first recruiting class, it has been an honor to play for, work with and now succeed a true legend, mentor and close friend,” said Endelman. “To borrow one of Bid’s favorite phrases, he has left his ‘footprints in the sands of time’ at Columbia by impacting the lives of so many of us in such a meaningful, significant and special way.”