Virginia men’s tennis head coach Brian Boland is leaving the University at the end of the season to become the head of men’s tennis for USTA Player Development, the school announced Wednesday morning. A staple of success for Virginia Tennis, Boland led the Cavaliers to 140 consecutive ACC wins from 2006 - 2016, the longest ACC winning streak by any school in any sport.
“For the past sixteen years, my family and I have considered it a privilege and a blessing to call Charlottesville our home and the University of Virginia men's tennis program our life,” Boland said in a released statement.
He and his family will be moving to Orlando, Florida to work out of the newly constructed USTA National Campus. The move, he says, makes sense not only for his career, but most importantly, for his family as well, as his parents recently moved to Florida, where several other family members reside.
“From day one, we believed in the University and the University believed in us. I will forever be indebted to our athletics director, Craig Littlepage, for taking a chance and granting me the opportunity to lead this program in 2001 at the age of 29. I am also appreciative of every administrator, assistant coach, student-athlete, staff member, donor and fan whose unwavering support and commitment allowed our program to be successful. For this, my family and I will always be truly grateful.
At Virginia, Boland has thus far amassed a 436-57 record, including 13 straight NCAA appearances that have resulted in winning three of the last four NCAA Championships, not to mention six ITA National Team Indoor Championships (including most recently this year), three NCAA singles champions and three NCAA Doubles champions. He’s been named the ACC Coach of the Year 10 times and the ITA Coach of the Year twice, in 2008 and 2016.
"For the remainder of this season, my coaching staff and I will be fully focused and invested in continuing to provide our student-athletes with the best developmental experience in all of intercollegiate tennis. We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to making sure every single one of our student-athletes is maximizing their potential in the classroom, on the court and as representatives of the University. This is one of the closest teams I have ever coached and I know we will all continue to work together, learn from each other and enjoy competing in the orange and blue as Virginia Cavaliers."
The No. 2 men’s team is currently undefeated with a 17-0, 4-0 ACC record.
“We have a great opportunity ahead of us to attract a terrific coach to build on the foundation Brian has established at Virginia,” athletics director Craig Littlepage said in the same statement. “We will identify the right leader for the program who fully embraces the commitment to developing great players through intercollegiate tennis and succeeding academically at the University.”
Given that many potential candidates are in the middle of their seasons right now and will likely be in the postseason, there has been no time frame specified.
This is a huge loss for Virginia Men’s Tennis, which has become synonymous with Brian Boland and which owes the overwhelming majority of its success to the head coach.