Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Tony Bresky,
who has spent the last eight years at the University of Virginia,
including the last four and a half as associate head men's tennis
coach, has been named the Director of Intercollegiate Tennis and
the Richard Savitt and Stephen Weiss Head Coach of Men's Tennis at
Cornell University, announced on Wednesday by Andy
Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical
“I am extremely pleased with the result of our search for this important position. Our program has improved significantly in the past two years and we needed to attract a highly successful and experienced coach to maintain our climb,” Noel said. “Tony worked hand and hand with UVA head coach, Brian Boland, to elevate their program to serious contention for the national title. We are so fortunate to add an individual of Tony’s stature to our terrific coaching staff.”
Bresky comes to Cornell after helping to guide the Cavaliers to a berth in the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Final Four, earning the top seed and falling to eventual national champion USC. He helped lead Virginia to a 39-2 overall record, including a school-record 36-match winning streak.
Bresky's list of accomplishments during his tenure at Virginia is lengthy, highlighted by the Cavaliers earning the top national ranking in singles, doubles and as a team on multiple occasions. The Cavaliers have won seven straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships, including 2010, and won six ACC tournament titles in the last seven seasons. With Bresky on the coaching staff, Virginia has won 62 straight ACC matches and had 19 singles players and nine doubles teams qualify for both the NCAA singles and doubles championships over the past seven seasons. Bresky has helped to lead the Cavaliers to the national semifinals three times, the national quarterfinals three times and one appearance in the round of 16. He has had two players at Virginia earn the NCAA singles championship and one team win the national doubles crown, while having 11 student-athletes earn All-America honors.
The 2005 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bresky was a three-time Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2004, 2009, 2010) and has been the only assistant coach in the nation to be named to an ITA committee when he was placed on the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee. While at Virginia, the men's tennis program has graduated 100 percent of its student athletes.
An impressive recruiter, Bresky has had each of his last four recruiting classes ranked in the top 10 in the nation, including a number two ranking in 2006. Two members of the current team at Virginia represented their nations in Davis Cup competitions this year.
During the summer of 2009, Bresky served as the USTA Men's Summer Collegiate Team Coach, providing elite training for the top varsity collegiate players in the country. The program, designed to provide players with exposure to the professional circuit in a team-oriented environment, saw players competing at USTA Pro Circuit events including the US Open.
Bresky's experience also includes a stint as a private tennis coach in Bronxville, N.Y., in 2001 and 2002, highlighted by his mentoring of Stephen Bass, who was ranked as high as 11th in the USTA junior national rankings. Bass would go on to earn a scholarship to Notre Dame and earn All-America honors while playing for the Fighting Irish.
Bresky also spent time as the Assistant Director of Tennis for Tennis Europe, a program designed to train junior tennis teams traveling throughout Europe. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana State, where he helped to guide the Sycamores to a No. 17 national ranking.
While at Indiana State, Bresky earned a master's degree in business administration. He helped lead the Sycamores to their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships in school history, while posting a 50-8 overall record. The men's tennis team had the top overall grade point average among men's team sports at Indiana State.
Bresky earned his bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting from Western Illinois in 1998. He played four years of tennis for the Leathernecks, earning Mid-Continent Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and garnering league player of the year accolades in each of the next three seasons. He led WIU to the program's first Mid-Continent Conference championship in 1995 and successfully defended the team title the following year. Bresky was a two-time ITA Scholastic All-American in 1996 and 1997 and was a three-year team captain.