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CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia Athletics Department announced Wednesday (September 3) that the University and head men’s tennis coach Brian Boland have agreed on a new five-year contract. The new contract will keep Boland at Virginia through the 2013 season.

“In seven years we’ve seen our men’s tennis program move from the bottom of the ACC standings to the top of the national rankings,” said Virginia Athletics Director Craig Littlepage. “Brian Boland is responsible for the growth and success in our program. He’s been a coach, a mentor, a colleague, and a leader in the tennis community. I look forward to our success at the conference and national levels continuing for years to come.”

Boland, the 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year, has led the Cavalier program for the past seven seasons, leading the team to a 169-41 record. Prior to coming to Charlottesville, Boland spent five years as the head coach at his alma mater, Indiana State, and has a 290-73 overall coaching record over 12 years.

Last year, Boland led Virginia to the best season in school history. The Cavaliers finished the year 32-1 and reached the NCAA Semifinals for the second consecutive season. In February, the Cavaliers won the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, the first national team tennis title in ACC history. Virginia was ranked No. 1 in the ITA rankings every week of the season and won its fourth ACC Championship in the past five years. The season was capped as Somdev Devvarman won his second consecutive NCAA Singles Championship.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to extend my tenure as the Virginia men’s tennis coach,” said Boland. “The University and I share the same goals and ideals about building a top tennis program, and I am honored to coach at a school that is so committed to the success of student athletes both on and off the court. My family and I love the Charlottesville community and we are thrilled to be part of this excellent institution.

“Although I am pleased with the teams’ success over the past seven years, I am even more excited about the future of our program,” said Boland. “We have a talented group of new recruits coupled with a strong nucleus of returning players who will continue to make Cavalier fans proud. I want to thank Athletics Director Craig Littlepage and his staff for their professionalism and their commitment to being the best that college athletics has to offer.”

Boland was named the 2008 ACC Coach of the Year, marking the second time he had won the award (2005). While at Indiana State, he was named Missouri Valley Coach of the Year four times during his five-year tenure. Boland has been named Region Coach of the Year three times in his career, once at Indiana State (2000) and twice at Virginia (2005 and 2008).

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