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LSU's Andy Brandi named Team USA Legendary Coach

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- LSU men's tennis co-head coach Andy Brandi has been named one of three Team USA Legendary Coaches the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced Monday.

He joins former USTA National Coach and former Top-50 player Ricardo Acuna and former U.S. Davis Cup captain and 1996 Team USA Olympic Coach Tom Gullikson with the award.

"It's a tremendous award," co-head coach Andy Brandi said. "Some of the recipients of this award have been Grand Slam Champions. Dick Gould, who is the legendary coach from Stanford who has won I don't know how many national titles. For me to receive this recognition, it blows me away. It's more fun for me because two good friends are going to share that honor with me. I've work alongside of them and have had the opportunity to learn from them as well. It's a tribute to all of the people that I have worked with that have been able to let me achieve this. You're only as good as your players, and I've been fortunate to work with some great players in the past. I look forward to working with a lot of great players here at LSU."

Andy Brandi is currently in his first season as the LSU men's tennis co-head coach, and he sits atop of the helm with his son, Chris.

"Andy Brandi is the epitome of a coach who has taken the knowledge and wisdom from one generation and preserved and translated it for the next," USTA player development general manager Martin Blackman said. "Andy was able to take what he learned from Harry Hopman and Welby Van Horn and others and combine it with his brilliant coaching mind to make him one of the most successful women's coaches of all time at the University of Florida. He excelled as a coach on the WTA tour and made a huge contribution to American tennis as a Lead National Coach with the USTA, working with our top boys and their coaches."

Prior to his time at LSU, Andy Brandi was on the USTA's Player Development staff as a lead national coach.

He was the women's tennis head coach at the University of Florida from 1985-2001. Under Andy Brandi's guidance, he led the Gators to three NCAA National Titles-1992, 1996 and 1998. In addition to his three national titles, his team won six National Team Indoor Championships, finished as runner-up in the NCAA Tournament five times and never finished lower than second in the SEC regular season standings.

As a women's tennis head coach, he earned a 460-63 overall record. His 91.5 percent winning percentage is the highest for any coach in the history of collegiate tennis with at least five years of head coaching experience.

Thirteen student-athletes at Florida won 24 Grand Slam titles under Andy Brandi, and he coached 25 student-athletes to 68 All-America honors and 38 student-athletes to 108 All-SEC honors.

Every freshman who player four seasons under Andy Brandi earned All-SEC honors, played for the national title and was part of at least three SEC Championship teams during their careers.

Andy Brandi also worked at the IMG Bollettieri Academy, the Everett Academy and the Harold Hopman Tennis Institute. Throughout his career, he has coached Top 10 WTA players Kathy Rinaldi and Carling Bassett. He also coached Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko, Shahar Pe'er and 12-time Grand Slam doubles winner Lisa Raymond.

In men's tennis, Andy Brandi has coached Ryan Sweeting and Jesse Levine. He also coached Top-10 player Jay Berger and traveled or Nick Bolletteri with Top-10 players Jimmy Arias and Aaron Krickstein.