(UPDATE: The school confirmed the news Wednesday. Click here for the Associated Press story that includes quotes from Boland).
Multiple sources have confirmed to Tennis.Life that the USTA is set to name University of Virginia men’s tennis coach Brian Boland as its new head of men’s tennis, taking over for the recently departed Jay Berger.
Boland, 44, was hired by Virginia in 2001 after five years at his alma mater, Indiana State. He led the Cavaliers to three NCAA Championships: 2013, and back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. Through the last 10 seasons of his tenure, the team won an ACC-record 140 consecutive league matches.
Berger had served as head of men’s tennis since the job was created in 2008 by then-head of player development Patrick McEnroe.
USTA player development was a lightning rod for criticism during the downturn in American tennis fortunes in recent years. Critics from Wayne Bryan (father of Bob and Mike Bryan) to legendary coach Robert Lansdorp have called for the elimination of the program altogether and lobbied for the USTA to invest more if its vast resources at the grassroots level, rather than in a national federation-style program.
Boland will inherit a promising situation. Seventeen American women reside in the WTA Tour’s top 100, and 12 men are ranking among the top 125 on the ATP Tour. As well, the USTA’s brand-new $60 million state-of-the-art training centre in Lake Nona, Fla. is up and running.