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David Borelli

University of Southern California


Coach of the women’s tennis team at the University of Southern California from 1974 to 1988, David Borelli (b. 1951) netted seven national team championships and compiled a remarkable .870 winning percentage overall. An excellent junior player, Borelli entered USC in 1970 and competed on the men’s varsity team, earning Senior Scholar-Athlete honors on graduating. He began working with the fledgling Trojan women’s team while attending USC Law School, and discovered that coaching, not law, was his true calling. In 1981, Borelli was named NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year.

During his USC career, Borelli guided individual team members to five national collegiate singles titles and one national doubles title; 25 of his players earned a total of 56 All–America honors. He continued his work mentoring players, including future top pro Mardy Fish, as a USTA professional tour coach.

In 2002, Borelli became women’s coach at Texas Christian University, capturing ITA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2005. Heading up the TCU men’s team from 2006 to 2010, Borelli has crowned his stellar career with a return to the TCU women’s team.

Borelli passed away in 2023.

Career Highlights
    Ranked in Top 25 in USTA National Junior Rankings 1969
    Played on professional circuit 1970–72; achieved national singles ranking
    Member, Men’s Varsity Tennis Team, University of Southern California (USC) 1970–74
    Winner of the USC Outstanding Senior Scholar–Athlete Award 1974
    Winner of the USC Post Graduate Scholarship Award 1974
    B.A., USC 1974; J.D., USC School of Law 1977
    Head Coach, USC Women’s Tennis Team 1974–88 (302–45 record)
    Coached AIAW National Championship Team 1977, 1979, 1980
    Coached USTA National Collegiate Championship Team 1977, 1978
    Coached NCAA Division I Championship Team 1983, 1985
    NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year 1981
    Coached 5 National Collegiate Singles Champions: Barbara Hallquist (1976, 1977); Stacy Margolin (1978); Anna Maria Fernandez (1981); Beth Herr (1983); Doubles Champions Trey Lewis/Anne White (1980)
    Coached 25 USC players earning a total of 56 All–America honors
    Director of Tennis, Sierra Sport and Racket Club, Fresno, California 1990–95
    Head Tennis Pro, Copper River Country Club, Fresno, California 1995–98
    USPTA Pro of the Year 1997
    USTA Professional Tour Coach 1998–2001
    Head Coach, Sacramento Capitals World Team Tennis 1990–1991
    Head Coach, Texas Christian University (TCU) Women’s Tennis Team, 2002–06
    Led TCU women’s team from No. 56 to No. 15 national ranking
    ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year 2005
    Conference USA Coach of the Year 2005
    Mountain West Conference (MWC) Coach of the Year 2006
    Head coach, TCU Men’s Tennis Team, 2006–10; led team to two regular season MWC titles, two MWC tournament titles
    Head Coach, TCU Women’s Tennis Team, July 2010–present
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