Coach Brian Boland Leaving UVA

Coach Brian Boland Leaving UVA
The University of Virginia announced on Wednesday morning that men's head coach Brian Boland will be leaving the program at the end of the 2017 season. Boland has accepted a new position as the head of men's tennis for USTA Player Development.

Boland has been coaching the Cavaliers for 16 years and boasts a 436-57 (.884) career record. From 2006 to 2016, he guided UVA to 140 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference wins, which is the longest winning streak in conference history in any sport. He has also led his teams to six ITA Indoor Championships (including this year), three NCAA team titles, three NCAA singles titles, and three NCAA doubles titles.

"For the past 16 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 UVA release. "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."

The Cavaliers have been ranked No. 1 in 10 seasons since coach Boland's arrival, and his team has reached the finals of the NCAA tournament in five of the past six years. Boland has also been named ACC Coach of the Year 10 times and ITA Coach of the Year twice.

In his new role at the USTA, Boland will be replacing Jay Berger, who has held the position for the past nine years, and will oversee all training and coaching of male junior, collegiate, and pro players by USTA Player Development. He will also manage all USTA national coaches on the men's side.

"I consider this next step in my career to be the absolute highest honor and the ultimate responsibility that can be bestowed upon any tennis coach in the United States," Boland said in the release. "I plan on doing everything in my power, together with the entire USTA and the private sector, to make sure American men's tennis regains its position as the global leader on the ATP Tour, in the Davis Cup and in the Olympics."

Before Boland begins his work at the newly constructed USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, however, he wants to finish strong with his current UVA team, which he said is one of the most tight knit he's ever coached.

Second-ranked Virginia returns to action on Friday, March 31, against the nation's No. 1 team, Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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