- 2023 Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year
- 2022 Wilson ITA National Coach of the Year
- Three-Time ACC Coach of the Year (2019, 2021-22)
- Three-time Wilson ITA Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year (2021-23)
On May 24, 2017, Andres Pedroso was named the Cavaliers’ director of tennis and head men’s tennis coach, overseeing both the men’s and women’s tennis programs while also serving as the head coach of Virginia men’s tennis. As the director of tennis, Pedroso is charged with oversight of both programs while serving as the head coach of the men’s tennis program. This model enables the UVA men’s and women’s programs to collaborate and make the best use of all available resources while sharing a joint vision for success that meets the goals set by the Virginia athletics department.
He was named the Wilson ITA Men’s Tennis National Coach of the year in both 2022 and 2023, the only coach since the award began in 1973 to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. He is a three-time ACC Coach of the Year and Wilson ITA Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year three with his players earning three ACC Player of the Year awards, eight All-America designations, 18 All-ACC honors and voted to three Academic All-America teams.
In 2022, Pedroso won his first NCAA title as a head coach, leading the seventh-seeded Cavaliers to a 4-0 victory against Kentucky in the final. The championship match was the 100th career victory in his head coaching career. Pedroso originally served as Virginia’s associate head coach from 2010-14, helping to lead the team to winning its first NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship in 2013.
In 2023, he led the 5-seed Cavaliers to their second-straight NCAA title, downing No. 3 Ohio State 4-0 in the final. It was the team’s sixth NCAA title in a 10-championship span, and second for Pedroso as head coach. His squad also posted its third-straight perfect 12-0 run through the ACC schedule and won its third-straight ACC tournament championship.
The foundation was set in his first season at the helm of the Cavaliers when the team made its 15th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and had two players selected to compete in the NCAA Singles tournament. Before the season even began, Pedroso made an impact in building the future of the program, signing three top-ranked recruits including Gianni Ross, who joined the program in January of 2018. Ross, ranked the No. 2 recruit in the 2017 class, went on to be named the 2018 ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year, and as a fifth year, would be named the 2022 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player after going 3-0 at the finals site and clinching the championship match against Kentucky. Under Pedroso’s guidance that first season, junior Aswin Lizen won the ITA Atlantic Regional singles title in the fall and went from unranked to a top-10 ranking in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.
In just his second season as head coach, Pedroso was named the 2019 ACC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year, with Cavaliers sweeping the conference’s annual honors as junior Carl Söderlund was named the ACC Player of the Year and Brandon Nakashima the ACC Freshman of the Year. He helped lead the Cavaliers back to the NCAA finals site as the team made a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals, finishing the year as the No. 5 team in the Oracle/ITA Rankings. Nakashima, one of Pedroso’s first recruits, was the No. 5 junior player in the world at the time of his signing and was coming off an upset win over No. 1 junior Chun Hsin Tseng to win the 2018 ITF Junior Masters Boys’ Singles Championship in Chengdu, China.
Pedroso navigated his team through the difficulties of the 2020 season that was cut short by the COVID-19 crisis. In that shortened season, his squad still managed to garner numerous accolades with Söderlund rising to a No. 1 ITA preseason singles ranking while also earning the ACC’s prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Sophomore Ryan Goetz improved on his runner-up finish at the 2018 ITA Atlantic Regional by winning the singles title on the home court in 2019, becoming the 10th player in program history to win the tournament.
In 2021, Pedroso’s Cavaliers were hoisting trophies. The team began the season ranked outside of the top-20, but moved up to a No. 3 ranking within the season, posted a perfect 12-0 record in ACC play and won the 13th ACC Championship in program history. Pedroso was named both the ACC Coach of the Year, repeating the honor from 2019, and the ITA Wilson Regional Coach of the Year. UVA was the No. 3 seed at their ITA Kickoff Weekend four-team regional in Columbus, but downed host Ohio State (handing the Buckeyes just their second home loss since April 2003) to make its way back to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Cavaliers swept through the ACC regular season, including picking up a win against No. 1 North Carolina (previously undefeated) before topping the Tar Heels again in the championship match of the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers won their 13th ACC Championship in program history, but the first for Andres Pedroso since taking over as head coach in 2017-18. The Cavaliers earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Round of 16 where they were eliminated by preseason No. 1 USC. The Cavaliers were buoyed by a trio of freshmen playing in the middle of the lineup: Jeffrey von der Schulenburg, Iñaki Montes, and Chris Rodesch, each of whom was named the ACC Singles Player of the Week and the ACC Doubles Player of the Week at least once during the season. Söderlund closed out his playing career by repeating as the ACC Player of the Year and was also voted the Virginia Athletic Department’s top male athlete.
The Cavaliers played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country in 2022, starting the season with a 5-5 record after suffering five losses against teams that were ranked No. 1 at some point during the season. The Cavaliers rebounded by winning 17-straight matches, including going 12-0 in the ACC and powering through three matches in the ACC Championship to win the title for the 14th time in program history, earning a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a chance to host Regionals and Super Regionals in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers outscored their opponents 25-1 in the six matches of the championship, with only 2021 NCAA Champion Florida managing to win one singles court against the Hoos in the quarterfinals. The championship was the fifth title for the program in a 10-year span and its second time winning in Champaign, Ill.
The Cavaliers 2023 championship run almost perfectly mirrored their 2022 title. After suffering four early season losses, the team powered through 22 straight wins to defend their crown. Unlike the 2022 season, the road to the 2023 title included having to face the tournament’s top-seeded team. The Cavaliers dispatched No. 1 Texas 4-1 before taking down Ohio State, a team they had lost to twice in the regular season, 4-0 in the final. Chris Rodesch, the MVP of both the NCAA and ACC tournaments, rode a 17-match win streak in singles into the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, earning singles All-America honors for the second-straight year. Ryan Goetz and Iñaki Montes garnered doubles All-America status. Montes was also voted UVA’s Male Athlete of the Year, the sixth men’s tennis player to earn the department’s top honor, as well as being voted an Academic All-American.
Pedroso originally served as Virginia’s associate head coach from 2010-14. During that four-year span, the Cavaliers won four ACC championships, the program’s first NCAA championship (2013) and two ITA National Team Indoor titles (2011 and 2013). Pedroso coached six All-Americans during this time, including 2013 ITA National Player of the Year Jarmere Jenkins, the 2013 NCAA Doubles Champion team of Jenkins and Mac Styslinger and ITA All-American champions Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank. Pedroso was named the 2014 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year and he was twice honored as the ITA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2012 and 2014). After leaving Charlottesville in 2014, Pedroso coached privately in South Florida.
As a student-athlete at Duke, Pedroso helped lead the Blue Devils to four ACC titles, he was a two-time All-American and he was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team. Over eight seasons, as a player at Duke and an associate head coach at Virginia, Pedroso did not lose a team match against a conference opponent.
Following his college career at Duke, Pedroso 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.
Pedroso first came to Virginia after serving as a national coach for USTA Player Development. 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.
Pedroso and his wife, Erika, have three sons, Felix, Christian and Matias.
CAREER COACHING RECORD
|2018||14-13||5-7 (T8th)||NCAA Second Round|
|2019||24-5||10-2 (2nd)||NCAA Quarterfinals|
|2020* (COVID shortened season)||11-4||2-1||tournament canceled|
|2021||23-3||12-0 (tourney champs)||NCAA Round of 16|
|2022||28-5||12-0 (tourney champs)||NCAA CHAMPIONS|
|2023||30-4||12-0 (tourney champs)||NCAA CHAMPIONS|
3 ACC Championships
|5 NCAA Appearances
2 NCAA Championships