da Silva Joins Men's Tennis Staff
July 30, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine men’s tennis head coach Marcelo Ferreira boosted his coaching staff, adding Rodrigo da Silva as an assistant. da Silva, owner of a national championship ring from his collegiate playing days, spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Louisville before making the move to Malibu.
“I am thrilled to be adding Rodrigo to the team,” said first-year head coach Ferreira. “He is an excellent coach and motivator. Our program gains so much by having him and he will make a tremendous impact right away. On top of his coaching qualities, he strongly identifies with Pepperdine’s Christian mission and everything this University stands for.”
“I’m very excited and grateful to be joining the Pepperdine family,” said da Silva upon his hiring. “The Pepperdine program has such a rich tradition and is known for its high energy on the court. I’m excited to be a part of that, and look forward to working with Marcelo. I’m excited to be a Wave.”
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.