Pepperdine concludes its first season under Marcelo Ferreira with an 18-10 record.
The Waves continue the NCAA Tournament with Round Two on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT
Pepperdine embarks on its 38th run at the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Pedro Iamachkine and Lautaro Pane both honored as all-tournament picks in both singles and doubles.
The Waves received a first-round bye and will face either BYU or Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals.
Pepperdine def. San Diego 4-1 in the opening round at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Marcelo Ferreira enters his second season as head coach of the Pepperdine men’s tennis team in 2015-16 and third season in Malibu overall. Ferreira was the Waves’ associate head coach for one season before being promoted during the summer of 2014.
Prior to coming to Malibu, Ferreira spent five seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach before being promoted to the role of associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.
“I am extremely thankful to Dr. Potts and President (Andrew) Benton for their trust in my ability to lead this team and coach the fine young men who are a part of it,” said Ferreira upon his promotion. “Adam Steinberg and all of the coaches before him were responsible for nurturing this program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the country. It is an honor and privilege to lead this team and I am committed to furthering its legacy.”
And help further the success of Pepperdine tennis he did. In his first season with the Waves, Alex Sarkissian became just the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. In addition to earning ITA All-American status in singles, Sarkissian was also an All-American in doubles alongside Francis Alcantara. Unseeded, the duo reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.
In his first year at the helm, Ferreira took a squad featuring 10 underclassmen and just two seniors to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Waves, ranked #39 at the time, lost the doubles point to #22 Florida before bouncing back in singles to win 4-3. Pepperdine concluded the season with an 18-10 record and a final rank of #36.
Ferreira was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year during his tenure with the Red Raiders, first in 2010 and again in 2012. Texas Tech went 103-54 (.656) with Ferreira on the coaching staff, and made five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-12. In his five years on the sidelines – by far the most successful five-year span in program history – the team finished ranked in the ITA top-25 an unprecedented four times.
He helped recruit and develop perhaps two of the finest tennis players ever to come through Texas Tech – Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar. Carvalho and Escobar were the program’s only ITA All-Americans when Ferreira left.
After graduating from Georgia College & State University in 2006, Ferreira remained in Milledgeville, Ga. for a year to serve as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Ferreira got his coaching start in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, Brazil. His expertise was also lent to the Alphaville Tennis Club.
After moving to the United States, Ferreira founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for foreign prospective tennis players. Not soon after, he became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, N.Y.
Ferreira graduated from GCSU in 2006 with a physical education degree. He was a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team and earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. He later went on to earn his master’s degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management, from Texas Tech.