As he enters his fourth season at Virginia, Tony Bresky has emerged as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation. The 2005 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bresky has teamed with head coach Brian Boland to build the Cavalier program into one of the nation's elite.
The Cavaliers have had tremendous success during Bresky's tenure as assistant coach and Bresky was elevated to Associated Head Coach in November 2005. Over the past three seasons, Virginia has a 71-15 record, won the last two ACC Championships, risen to No. 2 in the national rankings, twice set the school record for wins in a season, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and reached the finals of National Team Indoors. During that time, the Cavaliers have had two All-Americans, five NCAA Singles and three NCAA Doubles participants, nine All-ACC selections, three ITA Regional Rookies of the Year, two ACC Freshmen of the Year, and two ACC Tournament MVPs.
"I am very proud to be part of the coaching staff at the University of Virginia. I think that [head coach] Brian Boland is one of the best college coaches in the country, and his enthusiasm and work ethic are contagious. I'm confident we will build a program that the University and community will be proud of both athletically and academically," said Bresky.
Last season, Bresky helped guide Virginia to the finest season in school history. The Cavaliers won their second consecutive ACC Championship, going undefeated in league play. The team reached a school record No. 2 ranking, a position it held for eight weeks. In February, the Cavaliers reached the finals of National Team Indoors, becoming the first school in the tournament's history to reach the finals in its first appearance. The Cavaliers put together a school record 16-match win streak as they reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time. Bresky was honored as the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year following the season.
In 2003-04, Bresky was an important part of the Cavaliers' success during their breakthrough season. Virginia won its first ACC Championship, reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament and cracked the top ten of the national rankings for the first time. For his role on the team, Bresky was named the ITA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the organization's National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
In Bresky's first season with the Cavaliers in 2002-03, the team showed tremendous improvement. The team went 20-8 during the spring, the program's first 20-win season in nearly two decades. Virginia climbed as high as No. 21 nationally, the school's highest ranking in six years. The Cavaliers also had participants in both the NCAA singles and doubles championships.
Although Bresky is in his fourth season at UVa, he is in his sixth season working with Boland. Bresky spent two seasons as Boland's assistant coach at Indiana State, while he attained his master's degree in business administration.
During his tenure at Indiana State, the Sycamores compiled a record of 53-8 and were ranked as high as No. 17 nationally. The team won two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Bresky has several additional successful coaching experiences under his belt, including stints in Europe and Canada. He spent a year coaching and traveling with one of the top juniors in the United States from 2001-2002.
Before coaching at Indiana State, Bresky played collegiate tennis at Western Illinois University, where he excelled both academically and athletically. His achievements at Western Illinois rank him as one of the best tennis players to ever play for the Leathernecks. While at WIU, Bresky set over 10 school records. He was named Mid-Continent Player of the Year three times, was an All-Conference Selection all four seasons, and was also named Academic All-Conference all four seasons. Bresky earned a bachelor of business degree with an accounting major at WIU in 1998.
"Tony has already exceeded my expectations for any coach I could have ever imagined working with," said Boland. "Tony is the epitomy of a `players coach'. His ability to relate to the players on the team is extraordinary. The players absolutely love playing for him and have the highest regard for his ability to develop their tennis. Although he does an outstanding job in all aspects of coaching at the collegiate level, his greatest attribute is his incredible passion for developing players and helping them grow as people. I feel extremely fortunate to work with someone who has the same goals and ambitions as I do. I consider Tony a great friend and someone I respect and admire, which makes working with him all the more enjoyable."
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