Andres V. Brandi

Trinity University

2012

Holding the title as the coach with the highest winning percentage (91.5) in NCAA tennis history, Puerto Rican native Andy Brandi (b.1952) began playing tennis at age 8 as a protégé of Welby Van Horn. After he achieved junior national rankings in all divisions, Trinity University awarded Brandi an athletic scholarship to play for the NCAA Division I Tigers men’s tennis team from 1972 through 1975.

Through years of touring as a pro, Brandi realized his passion was grooming rising stars. In 1984, he accepted the head coach position of the University of Florida’s women’s tennis team, where he cultivated the Lady Gators into a national powerhouse. During his 16 years of leadership, the Lady Gators won 3 NCAA National Tournament championships, 6 National Indoor Tennis championships and 14 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships. After leaving UF, Brandi served as Director of Tennis for IMG at the Evert Tennis Academy, as Partner in the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute, and joined the USTA staff as a national coach in 2010. Brandi and wife Nancy have one son, Chris, who continued the tennis heritage as a coach and member of the 2011 Puerto Rican Davis Cup Team.

Career Highlights
    Director and Touring Pro for Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy – 1983 – 1984
    Head Coach University of Florida Women’s Tennis – 1984 – 2001
    National Indoor Tennis Championship – 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999
    NCAA Tournament Championship – 1992, 1996, 1998
    NCAA Tournament Runners-up – 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999
    NCAA Singles Championship – 1988, 1992, 1993, 1996
    NCAA Doubles Championship – 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001
    Southeastern Conference Championship – 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
    Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship – 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
    Undefeated regular seasons – 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998
    Ranked #1 in regular season play 27 times
    SEC Academic Honor Roll for 32 student-athletes on 56 occasions
    38 student-athletes to 108 All-SEC Honors
    25 student-athletes to 68 All-American Honors
    CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American Honors for 7 student-athletes
    Coached 13 student-athletes to 24 Grand Slam championship titles
    3 student-athletes for 4 Honda Awards for Tennis
    Career record: 460 – 43
    Highest winning percentage (91.5%) in NCAA Division I tennis history
    Home record vs. SEC opponents: 103 – 0
    Coached Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior women’s teams – 1987
    Coached Junior Whitman Cup and Siosbault Cup teams – 1987
    Coached the Wellington Aces in Domino’s Pizza Team Tennis 1989
    Co-hosted with UF men’s tennis coach Ian Duvenhage, a Pro-Am Tournament – 1991
    Coached U.S. Team against Australia in Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup – 1998
    ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year – 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998
    ITA National Coach of the Year – 1989, 1996
    USPTA Florida Coach of the Year – 1988, 1990
    USPTA National Coach of the Year – 1988, 1998
    SEC Coach of the Year – 1988, 1993, 1996
    USPTR Coach of the Year – 1996
    USPTR Touring Coach of the Year – 2004
    Inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame – 2006
    FTA Junior Competitive Coach of the Year – 2006
    USOC Coach of the Year – 2008
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