One of the most successful coaches in the history of college tennis, Andy Brandi joins the LSU men’s tennis program in 2017 as co-head coach along with his son Chris.
Andy Brandi comes to LSU after serving on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development staff as a national coach since 2010.
Prior to his stint with the USTA, Andy Brandi worked at the IMG Bollettieri Acadmey, the Everett Academy and the Harold Hopman Tennis Institute before joining the USTA in 2010.
As the head women’s tennis coach at Florida from 1985-2001, Andy Brandi led the Gators to three NCAA National Titles (1992, 1996, 1998) and to six National Team Indoor Championships (1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999). He also guided the Florida women to 14 Southeastern Conference titles in his 17 seasons.
In addition to his three NCAA national titles, his teams finished as national runner-up at the NCAA Tournament five times and never finished lower than second in the SEC regular season standings.
Andy Brandi was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1996 and 1998, he earned Coach of the Year honors from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, recognizing teaching excellence in the sport of tennis. In 1989 and 1996, he was voted the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year.
While at Florida, Andy Brandi coached four NCAA women’s singles champions and four NCAA doubles champions.
Under Andy Brandi, the Gators posted a 460-43 overall record, which included three undefeated seasons and three other years in which they lost only one match. Andy Brandi’s Florida teams had a 114-match regular season winning streak and overall winning streaks of 62 and 53 matches.
His overall winning percentage of 91.5 percent ranks as the highest for any coach in the history of women’s collegiate tennis with at least five years of experience.
During his time as the Gators’ head coach, Andy Brandi propelled Florida into a national powerhouse. The Gator women never lost a home match, dropped only five SEC dual matches and claimed nine SEC Tournament titles in Andy Brandi’s 17 years.
Thirteen student-athletes at Florida won 24 Grand Slam titles under Andy Brandi, and he coached 25 student-athletes to 68 All-America honors and 38 student-athletes to 108 All-SEC honors.
Every freshman who player four seasons under Andy Brandi earned All-SEC honors, played for the national title and was part of at least three SEC Championship teams during their careers.
Andy Brandi played collegiate tennis at Trinity University in San Antonio, and afterward trained with the legendary Harry Hoffman, working to establish himself on the pro circuit. After finding his calling to become a coach, he went on tour for top 10 WTA players Kathy Rinaldi and Carling Bassett.
Throughout his career, he has coached professionals such as Olympic Gold medalist Elena Dementievea, Shahar Peer, Maria Kirilenko, Lisa Raymond, Ryan Sweeting and Jesse Levine.
Andy Brandi earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1975 from Trinity University.