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Marcelo Ferreira
Marcelo Ferreira

Associate Head Coach

1st year


Sarkissian Bows Out at National Indoor Championship

The Waves will break until January, when they kick off the dual campaign at Washington on Jan. 21.


Sofaer Reaches Quarterfinals at Battle in the Bay Classic

Stefan Menichella won twice today to earn a spot in tomorrow's consolation semifinals.


Sarkissian Continues Winning Ways at ITA All-American Championship

Senior Alex Sarkissian to face Andrew Bettles in tomorrow's consolation quarterfinal.


Sarkissian Goes 1-1 on First Day of ITA All-American Championship

ITA All-American Championship to continue tomorrow for senior Alex Sarkissian.


Men's Tennis Partners with Harper for Kids

Waves spend an afternoon in Woodland Hills to mentor students at Woodlake Elementary.


Men's Tennis: Pepperdine vs. San Diego

Pepperdine def. San Diego 4-1 in the opening round at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Brazilian Marcelo Ferreira joined the men's tennis team's coaching staff as an associate head coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

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 so excited to have Marcelo join the team," said Steinberg. "We really hit a homerun adding him to our staff, and I know he will make a tremendous impact on our program right away. Marcelo is a great coach, but an even better person. He's just a great fit for Pepperdine."

"I feel extremely honored to become part of the Pepperdine family," commented Ferreira after his hiring. "The men's tennis program here is so well respected and it has accomplished so much over the years. I cannot wait to help Coach Steinberg further the success of it. The history of the program, the possibility of winning conference and national championships and the opportunity of working alongside some of the best tennis coaches in the country were key factors in my decision. I want to thank Coach Steinberg and Dr. Potts for trusting in my abilities and for giving me such an incredible opportunity."

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 six years on the sidelines - by far the most successful six-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. To date, Carvalho and Escobar are the program's only ITA All-Americans.

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.

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