Mike Belmonte was elevated to head men's tennis coach in November 2017 after serving as the associate head men's and women's tennis coach since 2015. Belmonte's 13-year tenure with the Carnegie Mellon tennis program began in 2008 as a part-time assistant. He became the program's first full-time tennis assistant coach in the fall of 2010.
In his first year as head coach, Belmonte led the program to a final national ranking of 10 after the team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championships. Under his leadership, two players earned All-America honors as Daniel Levine excelled on the singles and doubles court while partnering with Chaz Downing. The 2018-19 Tartans closed the year ranked 14th nationally after just missing an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. Once again. Levine and Downing played in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, with the pair winning the ITA Regional Championship in the fall alongside Downing's ITA Regional Singles Championship.
The shortened season of 2019-20 witnessed the Tartans finish with a 6-5 record including two wins over nationally ranked opponents. The Tartans finished the year ranked 15th nationally with three players earning All-University Athletic Association (UAA) awards. Junior Ray Boppana was named to the CoSIDA Academic At-Large All-District Team while the team was awarded regional recognition by the ITA for their work in the community.
Belmonte's fourth year at the helm was shortened due to a delayed start and travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The Tartans finished the year with a 10-3 record while winning its second-round matchup in the NCAA Championships against Houghton. For their efforts, the Tartans earned a final national ranking of 14 for the year.
Belmonte's leadership extends from the tennis court to the classroom and community as his program has earned ITA All-Academic honors in all four of his years at the helm. His team's have earned a total of 29 ITA Scholar Athletes awards for finishing the year with at least a 3.50 GPA. Belmonte has also instituted many community service initiatives with the team such as tennis clinics for students, faculty, and staff and neighborhood clean ups to uplift the Pittsburgh area.
Belmonte guided the men to a 20-8 record and was named the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in his first year on staff. In his second season he helped lead the men's team to its first trip to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. The Tartan men returned to the NCAA tournament in 2016 for the fourth time, and earned a program best final ranking of seven, as Belmonte was named Atlantic South Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time. The 2017 team earned a record of 16-9, placed fourth at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, and closed the year ranked 10th in the nation.
Belmonte earned his second ITA Atlantic South Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor in 2014 for his work with the men's program which finished 18-7, held a national ranking of five, placed second in the University Athletic Association and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. That same year, sophomore Abhishek Alla won the USTA/ITA National Small College Singles Championship.
In Belmonte's first season he led the women's team to a 21-3 record, an ITA National Indoor Championship and NCAA Division III Quarterfinals appearance for the first time in program history.
The women's team has continued to represent the university and University Athletic Association in the NCAA Championship since Belmonte's arrival with a fifth quarterfinal appearance in 2015. After a one-year hiatus from the NCAA tournament despite a final ranking of 12 in 2016, the women's team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2017, falling to eventual national champion Williams College and earned a final ranking of 10 from the ITA.
During Belmonte's tenure, the women have won the ITA National Team Indoor Championship once and finished second five consecutive years.
Belmonte has also mentored NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship competitors in each season with players earning All-America recognition in each of the past nine seasons Belmonte has been on staff. Additionally, Belmonte was named the 2012 ITA National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to assisting the Tartans, Belmonte served as the head coach of Keystone Oaks High School from 2006-2008 and as the head tennis pro at Churchill Valley Country Club from 2007-2009.
Belmonte graduated from Duquesne University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. While at Duquesne, he captained the Dukes as a senior and led the team in victories as a sophomore.
Belmonte is a certified tennis professional by the United State Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).