Witmer will come to the Hilltop this fall
The Hoyas will begin fall play in September
The junior comes to the Hilltop from the University of San Diego
The junior won five-consecutive matches to get to the championship
Ernst has coached nine All-BIG EAST performers in Charlie Caris, Lauren Greco, Victoire Saperstein, Andrew Bruhn, Stephanie Wetmore, Risa Nakagawa and Peter Beatty. He has also guided three student-athletes who accumulated over 100+ wins in each of their respective careers in Andrew Bruhn, Charlie Caris and Victoria Sekely.
The Georgetown women had an outstanding 2016 season with two players earning All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in program history. The squad went 15-5 overall and advanced to the BIG EAST Semifinals before falling to top-seeded DePaul. The Hoyas won 11 of their final 13 matches of the season, and the 13 victories were the most since 2013. On the men's side, the Blue & Gray went 11-9 and were the fourth seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
In his career on the Hilltop, Ernst has helped the women's program to two 15-win seasons going 16-6 in 2012 and 16-6 in 2012. In 2013, Georgetown earned its first national ranking in program history sitting at No. 70. In his tenure, the program has also had signature wins over nationally-ranked and Ivy League opponents as well as success in in nationwide tournaments. In 2011, Lauren Greco advanced to the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals upsetting the top-seeded player in the tournament along the way. It was the highest finish for a Hoya woman in tournament history.
On the men's side, the Hoyas have steadily improved with GU earning multiple All-BIG EAST honors. The squad has posted victories over nationally-ranked opponents such as St. John's University, DePaul University and Old Dominion University.
Since 2002, Ernst has been the executive director of Vineyard Youth Tennis in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he coordinated all operational aspects of the newly-constructed four-court tennis facility for 400 junior tennis players ages 3-18. In 2004, Vineyard Youth Tennis was the recipient of the "United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Small Facility of the Year" award.
From 1998 to 2000, Ernst was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at the University of Pennsylvania where the team earned significant wins over Ivy League rivals Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. While in Philadelphia, Ernst coached the Quakers' No. 1 player, Fanda Stejskal, to the NCAA Tournament and helped the No. 2 player, Ryan Harwood, to "Regional Rookie of the Year" honors.
Ernst also instituted the "Friends of PENN Tennis", the program's fund-raising branch.
During the 1997-98 academic year, Ernst was the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Northwestern University, helping the Wildcats to a ranking as high as 13 ranking in the national poll. NU also made an appearance in the Big Ten Conference Championship, losing to Illinois in the Big Ten Finals.
Ernst is a 1990 graduate of Brown University, where he was a two-sport standout for the tennis and hockey teams. Despite being a 10th round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League, Ernst chose to stay on the hardcourt and spent almost four years as an ATP Tennis Professional, where he competed in over 15 states and six countries.
In 2000, Ernst was inducted into the Cranston, Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame. The accolades continued in 2015 as Ernst was inducted into the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame.
Ernst is married to Lisa, his wife of 16 years and the couple has two daughters, Olivia (14) and Phoebe (12). They reside in Chevy Chase, Md.