March 29th, 2017
Boland to Replace Jay Berger in USTA Player Development
University of Virginia men’s head coach Brian Boland has been named as USTA Player Development’s next head of men’s tennis, replacing Jay Berger. Boland will report directly to USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman out of the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.
Berger stepped down this year after nine years in the position. Berger will remain in the role through June to assist with the transition, as Boland finishes the collegiate season with the reigning NCAA champion Cavaliers.
“Brian brings a unique skill set to player development, a combination of management and coaching expertise, which enabled him to build a championship culture at the University of Virginia,” Blackman said. “He’s long been an innovative leader in the world of college tennis and athletics and is the right person at the right time — a person who can build on the great foundation that has been laid by Jay Berger and our men’s coaches and take us to the next level.”
Boland has been the head men’s coach at Virginia since 2002 and has guided the Cavaliers to a 419-57 record (prior to this season) and three NCAA team championships (2013, 2015-16).
“This is a very exciting time for American tennis,” Boland said. “I believe wholeheartedly that Team USA is blessed with the brightest coaches in the game, a pipeline of players that merit our support and a sense of urgency nationwide to propel American tennis to the top of our global sport.”
USTA Player Development in January relocated its headquarters from Boca Raton, Fla., to the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, where its adidas Performance Center features eight outdoor hard courts, six European red clay courts and six indoor hard courts, as well as a state-of-the-art athletic training area and a player lodge, which can house up to 40 players participating in USTA Player Development programs. Additionally, the USTA National Campus features a ‘Team USA’ area, where coaches and players from each of the USTA’s 17 sections can utilize to work collaboratively with player development.
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