Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School’s Boy’s and Girl’s Tennis teams recently played against Goleman High, where Head Coach Todd Rubinstein won his 500th and 501st career tennis matches as a Head Tennis Coach. The Mourning High’s Boy’s Team won 6-1, and the Girl’s Team won 7-0, putting Coach Rubinstein over the 500 career wins mark.
Coach Rubinstein started coaching in the 1997-1998 season at Piper High School in Broward County for one year before coaching at Goleman High in Miami-Dade County for 12 seasons. He then made his way over to Mourning High for the past 9 seasons. Coach Rubinstein’s current overall record before the upcoming District Tournament is an impressive 501-145-2 over 22 seasons, with 24 Regional Tournament appearances, 5 State Appearances, and two FHSAA State Tennis Championship wins. As of today, he is the only coach in Mourning High history with not just one, but two state championships in any sport.
Coach Rubinstein is a former high school standout himself, having won three FHSAA high school state championships as a player at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Florida. He won two individual FHSAA State Tennis Championships in singles in 1987 & 1988 and also was part of the overall FHSAA Team State Tennis Champion Cowboys in 1988. Todd then went on to play #1 singles & #1 doubles for Barry University, where he was the first Sunshine State Conference All-Team Player in the school’s history.
Coach Rubinstein has been recognized for his impressive coaching career, having won multiple awards over the years. His lengthy resume of accolades include: being named the 2018 USPTA National High School Coach of the Year, 2018 Tennis Industry Magazine’s High School Coach of the Year, USPTA South Florida Region 8 President, USTA National Awards Committee, 2021 & 2017 USPTA Florida High School Coach of the Year, 2021 & 2020 USPTA Florida District President of the Year, 2021 USPTA Florida Section of the Year (Miami), 2019 Mourning High Teacher of the Year, 2019 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Coach of the Year Finalist, 2018 USPTA Florida District 16 Professional of the Year, 2017 & 2018 Mourning High Coach of the Year, and 2016 FHSCTA Wilson 3A Florida Tennis Coach of the Year. He was also on the FHSAA Tennis Advisory Committee from 2015 – 2018, is a USTA High Performance Coach, a USPTA Elite Professional, and was the Team USA Head Tennis Coach at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games & 15th European Games.
Reflecting on his remarkable journey as a coach, Coach Rubinstein said, “It’s been a true honor being a part of so many lives. What’s even better is watching them grow up into mature adults and going to college, getting married, having kids of their own, starting their own careers, and just basically living their lives to the fullest. It puts a huge smile on my face knowing I had something to do with their lives and impacted them positively in some way.”
Coach Rubinstein also thanked his current and former players and their families, as well as his school administration and staff over the years, for putting their trust in him. “Being a coach is a huge responsibility, and luckily enough, they always gave me the reins so to speak to not just lead, to not just coach, but to teach and help mold our next leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
“To me, it’s always about the team, period and end of story! Coaching is a selfless act which I’ve been lucky to do for over two decades.” Rubinstein emphasized a coach’s role, “A coach is meant to empower, show empathy, listen, challenge, motivate, inspire, support, and help others around them not just reach their potential, but to surpass it. When I say that it’s all about the team, I truly mean that, but in other words, it’s really all about Family!”
Rubinstein’s dedication and passion for coaching is evident in his achievements and the impact he has made on the lives of his players. His focus on teamwork and family has not only led to successful tennis seasons but has also helped shape the character and leadership skills of his players. As he looks ahead to future seasons, Rubinstein remains committed to guiding and inspiring his players to reach their full potential both on and off the court. With his impressive record and numerous accolades, it is clear that Coach Rubinstein has left a lasting legacy in high school tennis and has made a significant impact on the lives of his players and the community.