CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis program announced Thursday the additions of assistant coach Andres Pedroso and volunteer assistant Scott Brown to the coaching staff.
“Andres and Scott are tremendous additions to our coaching staff at UVa,” said head coach Brian Boland. “They have a wealth of experience, both as players and coaches at the college and professional level, that they can bring to the job each day. I could not be more excited to work with such fine individuals who are determined to bring Cavalier tennis to even greater heights. I was most impressed with their complete focus on helping each of our student-athletes develop as people and players every single day. Our staff wants to give each of our players a great environment to develop and opportunities to maximize themselves as players and people. We would like to see our players develop their tennis so they can be successful on the ATP tour, and Andres and Scott are committed to that goal.”
Pedroso comes to Virginia after serving as a national coach for USTA Player Development since January of 2009. During his time with the USTA, he was responsible for the development of the top male American junior players born in 1995. He also worked periodically with several top American professional players, including Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish, Jesse Levine and Ryan Harrison.
A 2001 graduate of Duke, Pedroso helped lead Blue Devils to four ACC titles. A two-time All-American (2000 and 2001), he made the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship twice. In 2003, he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team, recognizing the top 50 players during the league’s first half-century. Following college, he played professionally for four years, reaching career-high rankings of No. 271 in singles and No. 255 in doubles. During his pro career, he won four singles titles and two doubles titles on the Futures Tour and a doubles title on the Challenger Tour.
“I could not be more excited about working alongside Brian Boland and Scott Brown to assist such a phenomenal group of young men in achieving their goals on and off the court,” said Pedroso. “Over the past five years, Brian, and Tony Bresky, have put Virginia Tennis at the very top of collegiate tennis and I am really looking forward to helping our team push the bar even higher in the years to come.”
Brown joins the Virginia staff after four years as a teaching professional, most recently at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
A 2005 graduate of Vanderbilt, Brown helped the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament final and the SEC Championship in 2003. He was a four-time All-SEC selection and still holds the Vanderbilt records for career doubles wins (87) and career combined wins (176). He was ranked as high as No. 17 nationally in singles and No. 4 nationally in doubles during his collegiate career. During his junior career, Brown was ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles in the USTA Boys 18 rankings and in the top 10 nationally in singles.
“I am very excited about getting back into college tennis,” said Brown. “I am especially looking forward to coaching at the University of Virginia and working alongside the great coaching staff and players.”
Pedroso replaces Tony Bresky, who was named the head coach at Cornell after eight seasons on the Virginia staff. Brown replaces Derek Schwandt, who was named the assistant coach at Fresno State following two seasons as the Cavaliers’ volunteer assistant.