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Sept. 16, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has named Cornell head coach Tony Bresky head men's tennis coach, athletic director Ron Wellman announced Friday.
Bresky comes to Wake Forest after leading Cornell to unprecedented success in his one season at the helm of the Big Red. He also brings a wealth of ACC experience with him, having served as associate head coach at Virginia from 2002-2010, helping the Cavaliers win six ACC Championships.
"We are very excited to welcome Tony to Wake Forest as our men's tennis coach," said senior associate athletic director Barbara Walker. "Tony is one of the brightest young coaches in the country and has proven himself as an elite recruiter. He did a phenomenal job in his first year as a head coach at Cornell, and we look forward to the future of Wake Forest tennis with him leading our program."
In 2011, Bresky led Cornell to a 26-5 record overall and a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy League play, guiding the Big Red to its first Ivy League championship and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Prior to Bresky's arrival at Cornell, no Big Red men's tennis team had ever won more than 20 matches in a season.
Under his direction, the Big Red placed three players on the All-Ivy League teams in 2011 in four positions, led by Jonathan Jaklitsch, who earned first-team honors in both singles and doubles. Also garnering all-league accolades were Andy Gauthier in singles and Evan Bernstein in doubles. That total marks the most league award winners in a single season in Cornell men's tennis history.
An impressive recruiter, Bresky was able draw top-caliber players to Ithaca. His 2011 incoming class at Cornell was ranked as the fifth-best nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network and was the only class from a non-BCS conference school to be ranked in the top-10.
"I'd like to thank Ron Wellman, Barbara Walker and the entire Wake Forest staff for giving me this tremendous opportunity," said Bresky. "I'm excited to be coming to an outstanding academic institution like Wake Forest and I look forward to building a tennis program that makes the university and community proud."
Prior to taking over at Cornell, Bresky spent eight seasons at Virginia as associate head coach a and was instrumental in building the program into an ACC powerhouse.
With Bresky on the coaching staff, Virginia won seven consecutive ACC regular-season championships and six ACC Tournament titles. The Cavaliers won 62 straight ACC matches and had 19 singles players and nine doubles teams qualify for both the NCAA singles and doubles championships over Bresky's last seven seasons with the team. Bresky 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.
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.
Bresky earned a master's degree in business administration from Indiana State. As a graduate assistant coach, 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.