With Brian Boland’s impending departure from Virginia Men’s Tennis at the end of this season, every match seems to mean just a little more for the No. 4 tennis team in the country, a team that’s enjoyed unimaginable success under Boland’s leadership.
This past weekend, as Virginia defeated No. 11 North Carolina, 4-3, the Z Society put together this heartwarming letter and ceremony in honor of Coach Boyland.
If you haven’t made it to Snyder yet this season, you only have two more chances in the regular season to catch Boland in action in Charlottesville. On Thursday, April 13, the Virginia Cavaliers host Georgia Tech, and next Tuesday, April 18, Richmond will come to town. After the regular season Virginia will look to host the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and that will be your last chance to see Coach work his magic with this group of young men.
The Georgia Tech match starts at 5:00 p.m. -- don’t miss out.
The full Z Society letter is as follows:
Dear Virginia Tennis Family,
Our University was founded to cultivate a community of honor, integrity, academia and friendship. Thousands have filled the seats of our classrooms, competed on these courts, and walked across our Lawn. Every so often, we encounter a member of the University staff who pushes our students to fully uphold the virtues of the University of Virginia. This type of individual is epitomized by Coach Brian Boland.
Mr. Boland, for sixteen years you have given so much of yourself to this University. You have worked diligently with the athletes of our beloved tennis team, challenging them day after day to maximize their potential as student-athletes and as members of society. You have continued this passion for bettering the world around you both in the greater Charlottesville community and more recently, in our classrooms. You continue to serve as a tremendous role model for anyone fortunate enough to know you. Mr. Boland, you inspire us. As you move on to your next chapter in life, we trust you will continue to inspire many more through your values, selflessness, leadership, and love for years to come.
A wise man once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Mr. Boland, the Z Society commends you for giving so much of yourself to this University. We count ourselves fortunate to walk amongst friends and mentors such as yourself, and we want to know how very much you are loved and appreciated.
We thank you for your service. We thank you for your leadership. We thank you for your advice. We thank you for your friendship and for doing good, while asking nothing in return. As this team continues its quest for yet another title, we would like to express our unwavering support of Virginia Men’s Tennis, long after the final ball is struck in Athens, Georgia.
Finally, as you continue to touch the lives of those around you in the next stage of your career, Mr. Boland, always remember and never forget, the joy is in the journey.
With Deep Admiration and Gratitude,