Rodrigo da Silva
Pepperdine embarks on its 38th run at the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
The Waves received a first-round bye and will face either BYU or Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals.
Pepperdine continues play on Tuesday and Saturday with home duals.
The men's tennis team hosts SMU on Tuesday before facing Memphis and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. this weekend.
Pepperdine faces William & Mary, before honing the doubles skills at the 126th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship.
Rodrigo da Silva enters his second season as assistant coach for the Waves, after joining the team in July 2014. da Silva, owner of a national championship ring from his collegiate playing days, spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at Louisville before making the move to Malibu.
Pepperdine went 18-10 in da Silva’s first year on the sidelines with a roster comprised of mostly underclassmen. The Waves upset #22 Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and finished runner-up at the WCC Tournament.
da Silva, a native of Brazil, spent the last six years as an assistant coach at Louisville, leading the Cardinals to some of their most successful seasons in program history. Louisville won three consecutive BIG EAST Conference tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament five times while da Silva stood on the sidelines.
In his first season at Louisville, the 2009 Cardinals produced a 21-7 record while reaching as high as #14 in the national rankings. Additionally, Louisville advanced to the NCAA Tournament and boasted the BIG EAST Player of the Year in Austen Childs.
In 2010, the Cardinals posted a program-best 24-6 record, won the BIG EAST title and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time in school history. The team enjoyed its highest national ranking at #10 and spent the entire season ranked in the top-20. Childs repeated as the conference player of the year, and reached the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship, earning All-American status along the way.
da Silva was named the 2011 ITA Ohio Valley Region Assistant Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinals to their second-straight BIG EAST title and third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Childs earned his third BIG EAST Player of the Year title and became Louisville's first two-time All-American. He teamed with Viktor Maksimcuk to earn doubles All-American status for the first time in program history.
Louisville won its third-straight league championship in 2012 en route to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years. Rookie Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was dubbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year under da Silva’s tutelage.
The Cardinals ended their final season in the BIG EAST as runner-up champions at the conference tournament in 2013. In 2014, Louisville reached the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals during the league’s inaugural season and made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.
Prior to his stint in Louisville, da Silva spent three seasons as the head men’s and women’s coach at his alma mater, Anderson College. While there, da Silva led the men to an overall record of 52-21 and 28-0 in Conference Carolinas action. The Trojans made three trips to the NCAA Div. II Tournament. In addition, da Silva coached the ITA Rookie of the Year, Conference Carolina Player of the Year and All-American, Philip Pakebusch.
On the women’s side, da Silva’s team improved every season he was there, going from a 4-14 record in 2006 to a 12-8 tally in 2008.
da Silva also boasts experience coaching at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the West View Tennis Center in Morgantown, W. Va. and the Cardinal Tennis Club in Anderson, S.C.
As a player at Anderson, da Silva was a member of the school's 1997 National Christian College Athletic Association national championship team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science from Anderson in 2000 and his master’s degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia University in 2003.
da Silva, born in Campinas, Brazil, moved to the United States at the age of 18 and has spent time living in Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and now California. He and his wife Cassie have two sons, Luca and Caden.