Andres V. Brandi

Holding the title as the coach with the highest winning percentage (91.5) in NCAA tennis history, Puerto Rican native Andy Brandi (b.1952) began playing tennis at age 8 as a protégé of Welby Van Horn. After he achieved junior national rankings in all divisions, Trinity University awarded Brandi an athletic scholarship to play for the NCAA Division I Tigers men’s tennis team from 1972 through 1975.

Through years of touring as a pro, Brandi realized his passion was grooming rising stars. In 1984, he accepted the head coach position of the University of Florida’s women’s tennis team, where he cultivated the Lady Gators into a national powerhouse. During his 16 years of leadership, the Lady Gators won 3 NCAA National Tournament championships, 6 National Indoor Tennis championships and 14 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships. After leaving UF, Brandi served as Director of Tennis for IMG at the Evert Tennis Academy, as Partner in the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute, and joined the USTA staff as a national coach in 2010. Brandi and wife Nancy have one son, Chris, who continued the tennis heritage as a coach and member of the 2011 Puerto Rican Davis Cup Team.

Career Highlights

  • Director and Touring Pro for Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy – 1983 – 1984
  • Head Coach University of Florida Women’s Tennis – 1984 – 2001
  • National Indoor Tennis Championship – 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • NCAA Tournament Championship – 1992, 1996, 1998
  • NCAA Tournament Runners-up – 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999
  • NCAA Singles Championship – 1988, 1992, 1993, 1996
  • NCAA Doubles Championship – 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001
  • Southeastern Conference Championship – 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship – 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
  • Undefeated regular seasons – 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Ranked #1 in regular season play 27 times
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll for 32 student-athletes on 56 occasions
  • 38 student-athletes to 108 All-SEC Honors
  • 25 student-athletes to 68 All-American Honors
  • CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American Honors for 7 student-athletes
  • Coached 13 student-athletes to 24 Grand Slam championship titles
  • 3 student-athletes for 4 Honda Awards for Tennis
  • Career record: 460 – 43
  • Highest winning percentage (91.5%) in NCAA Division I tennis history
  • Home record vs. SEC opponents: 103 – 0
  • Coached Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior women’s teams – 1987
  • Coached Junior Whitman Cup and Siosbault Cup teams – 1987
  • Coached the Wellington Aces in Domino’s Pizza Team Tennis 1989
  • Co-hosted with UF men’s tennis coach Ian Duvenhage, a Pro-Am Tournament – 1991
  • Coached U.S. Team against Australia in Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup – 1998
  • ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year – 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • ITA National Coach of the Year – 1989, 1996
  • USPTA Florida Coach of the Year – 1988, 1990
  • USPTA National Coach of the Year – 1988, 1998
  • SEC Coach of the Year – 1988, 1993, 1996
  • USPTR Coach of the Year – 1996
  • USPTR Touring Coach of the Year – 2004
  • Inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame – 2006
  • FTA Junior Competitive Coach of the Year – 2006
  • USOC Coach of the Year – 2008