June 10, 2011
(San Francisco) - Pablo Pires de Almeida, third-year assistant coach for the USF men's tennis team, has been named the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Pires de Almeida's honor marks the first time a San Francisco coach has earned the honor and just the third time a coach from the West Coast Conference has been represented.
"We are extremely pleased to get Pablo recognized as ITA Assistant Coach of the Year," said head coach Peter Bartlett. "It's a strong testament to the dedication and efforts he has contributed to our program for the last three seasons. It's well deserved."
"First off, I want to thank Peter (Bartlett) for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater," commented Pires de Almeida. "This a great achievement for our program. We all worked hard this year to finish the season nationally-ranked, and our program deserves the well-received recognition for these accomplishments."
Pires de Almeida has played an integral role in the Dons' successes as of late. During his three-year tenure, USF has posted the program's highest-rankings in the modern day. In 2011, San Francisco finished the regular season ranked No. 66. USF has also finished in the top half of the WCC since Pires De Almeida has joined Bartlett's staff, including a third place finish in 2009.
Under his assistance, the Dons have landed seven All-Conference selections, including a first-team singles honor in 2010.
In addition, the former USF letter-winner has played an integral role in the Dons' community service efforts and the annual Battle in The Bay tournament.
During his playing career on the Hilltop, Pires de Almeida was an All-West Coast Conference selection three times, including a first team singles selection in 2005. He also earned an all-time Division I national singles rank of 61st, and a doubles ranking of 70th, while donning the Green and Gold.
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Courtesy of USF Sports Information