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July 26, 2002

Charlottesville, Va.Brian Boland, coming off his first season as men’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia, has announced the hiring of Tony Bresky as assistant coach and Nathan Crick as a volunteer assistant. Both served in similar capacities under Boland at Indiana State.

Bresky comes to Charlottesville from Bronxville, N.Y., where he coached and traveled with one of the top juniors in the United States. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Indiana State for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. The Sycamores were 53-8 during that span, ranked as high as No. 17 in the country and won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Bresky was a physical education teacher at Indiana State and a teaching professional and assistant director of tennis for the Terre Haute Country Club. A 1998 graduate of Western Illinois University, he was a three-year captain and three-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year. Bresky helped the team to two Mid-Continent Conference Team Championships in 1995 and 1996 and was an All-Conference selection all four years. Since graduating he has spent time playing futures and satellites on the ATP tour.

“Tony is one of the finest coaches that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with,” Boland said. “His ability to relate to the players and get the most out of their abilities is one of his greatest strengths. Tony continues to be an active player and has a unique ability to transfer his own experiences to the team. I have no doubt that Tony’s energy, knowledge and enthusiasm will be instrumental in helping our program accomplish the goals we have set forth. I have never met anyone who loves college tennis as much as Tony and I am genuinely looking forward to working with him.”

“I am very excited and honored to join the coaching staff at the University of Virginia. I think that Brian is one of the best coaches in the country, and his determination and work ethic are contagious. I am confident that we will build a program that the University and community will be proud of both athletically and academically,” Bresky said.

Crick served as an assistant coach at Indiana State this past season and was also a student assistant for the 2000-01 season, Boland’s final season at Indiana State. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Crick won 86 career matches in singles between 1997 and 2001. He finished as Indiana State’s career-leader in doubles wins with 103. This past season, Crick helped guide the Sycamores to a 25-10 record, a perfect 11-0 conference record and fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference title, as well as a No. 39 national ranking. The Sycamores advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past season.

“I had the privilege to coach Nathan throughout his collegiate career,” Boland said. “During that time, he was a true role model and an exceptional student-athlete. We feel fortunate that Nathan has decided to join our program and I am confident he will make a huge impact on this team.”


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