Head Coach | 4th Season
USC | 1974
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Dave Borelli enters his fourth season leading the TCU men's tennis program after serving the previous four years as coach of the TCU women's squad. The Horned Frog head coach has compiled a 416-107 overall record in 21 seasons at the college level, including a 42-32 mark in his current stint with the TCU men's program.
Borelli has led the Frog men to the Mountain West Conference regular season championship each of the past two seasons, as well as the MWC tournament title in 2008.
TCU faced one of the nation's toughest schedules a season ago featuring 19 of 24 matches against nationally ranked opponents. Despite a rough start, the Frogs rallied to win the seventh regular-season conference title in program history. Borelli's squad followed up its MWC crown by reaching the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season, as well as the 18th time in 19 years. The Frogs finished the season No. 38 in the ITA national team rankings.
Highlighting the regular season was a Feb. 21 road win at No. 17 Tulsa, while the Frogs finished with a league-high five All-Mountain West Conference selections--three in singles (Emanuel Brighiu, Kriegler Brink and Slah Mbarek) and two in doubles (Brink/Mbarek and Brighiu/Adrian Simon). Brighiu and Simon concluded the spring in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
The Frogs made major strides in Borelli's second season, as he guided one of the nation's youngest teams to a bounce-back season featuring a pair of conference titles and NCAA Regionals appearance in 2008.
The squad, which finished the season with a 20-8 record and No. 34 final ITA rating, claimed both the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament championships.
In addition to earning his 400th career win during a March road victory over UNLV, Borelli's 2008 Frogs piled up several other individual honors to go with the squad's team achievements.
Cosmin Cotet, who concluded the season ranked as the ITA's No. 30 singles player, finished his college career as the MWC's Co-Player of the Year, while Emanu Brighiu and Kriegler Brink joined him on the All-MWC Singles Team. Brink paired with Cotet to both advance to compete at the NCAA Championships and be named to the All-MWC Doubles Team.
In Borelli's first season with the men's program, the Frogs earned three All-MWC selections, while Cotet ended the season ranked No. 93 in singles play. Cotet and Brink also finished the year ranked No. 44 in doubles.
Prior to arriving at TCU, Borelli served as the men's professional tour coach for the USTA. He was in charge of the rookie pro program for USA player development. Several of his players have been ranked in the top-100 in the world, including 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Brian Vahaly and Jeff Morrison (Florida, 1999) and Alex Kim (Stanford, 2000) on the pro tour. Brandon Hawk, a former No. 1 player at Texas and All-American, was also coached by Borelli.
With the TCU women, Borelli posted a 72-30 record (.705). His 20-year overall mark, which includes seven national championships with the USC women's team, is 404-95 (.810).
Over the four-year period with TCU women's tennis, the team progressed from a ranking of No. 56 in 2003 to its No. 15 position in 2006.
Borelli was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southwest Region Coach of the Year and Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2005 and Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2006. Additionally, Borelli was named the NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1981.
Borelli's 2006 TCU squad won the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament championship while advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
A 1974 graduate of USC, Borelli was a four-year varsity member on the Trojans' men's tennis team. He was named USC's Outstanding Scholar Athlete as a senior and was an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient.
Throughout his career, Borelli has coached collegiate, professional, club and camp tennis. He spent 14 seasons (1974, 1976-88) at USC, where his teams earned seven national titles, three runner-up finishes and 10 conference championships.
During his time in Los Angeles, he coached five individuals to national collegiate singles titles and two doubles teams to collegiate championships. In total, 25 different players earned 56 All-America honors.
Following the 1981 season, Borelli was named the NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 33-1 overall record and a third-place national finish. In 1983, Borelli became the youngest coach to win an NCAA women's tennis title at the age of 32 when the Women of Troy finished with a 33-0 record.
In his career at USC, Borelli posted a 302-45 record for an .870 winning percentage. Over an eight-year period, his teams won 88 straight home matches.
After leaving collegiate tennis, Borelli served as the head coach for the Sacramento Capitals, a professional tennis team. He was also a tennis pro at both Sierra Sport and Racquet Club as well as the Copper River Country Club.
In 1997, Borelli was selected as the United States Professional Tennis Association Pro of the Year. He was later a private pro tour coach for four years.
Borelli has served as the chair of the National Collegiate Tennis Coaches Committee, the Western Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pac-10 Coaches Committee and was on the board of directors for the Central California Tennis Association.
He currently serves on the ITA and NCAA Southwest Regional committees.