Dave Borelli's tenure as a collegiate women's tennis coach has been quite expansive. However, it has also been very successful and 2013 was yet another example of that. Borelli will be entering his fourth season in his second term as TCU women's tennis head coach, eighth overall as the head coach of the women's program and 12th as part of TCU as he also spent four years coaching the TCU men's program.
After leading the TCU women from 2002 to 2006, Borelli returned to the women's sideline on July 21, 2010. In between, Borelli spent four years with the TCU men and oversaw their transition into a new era.
One of the most successful coaches in women's collegiate tennis history, Borelli owns a career record of 423-98 (.812) as a head coach as he enters his 23rd season as a women's head coach. His 400th career win came at Wyoming in 2012, while he grabbed his 100th victory as TCU's coach against New Mexico that same year.
The 2013 season featured TCU's transition to the Big 12 Conference with Borelli and the Frogs showing they would be a factor for years to come. TCU finished in the top half of the league with a 6-3 mark. All three losses came via a 4-3 scorecard. The Frogs went 18-7 overall, made their second consecutive NCAA Tennis Championships appearance and advanced to the second round.
The season also featured one of the top individual campaigns in program history. Borelli helped lead Stefanie Tan to the Sweet 16, becoming only the third individual in TCU history to make it that far in the tournament. She became the third ITA Singles All-American during Borelli's tenure at TCU women's tennis coach, joining Story Tweedie-Yates (2005) and Nina Munch-Soegaard (2009). Tan was also named to the All-Big 12 singles team.
In his first season back on the women's sideline, Borelli took the fourth-seeded Horned Frogs to within a match of returning to the NCAA Tennis Championship for the eighth-straight season. His team racked up 13 wins, including three over nationally-ranked opponents.
Individually, Borelli mentored Katariina Tuohimaa to her fourth-straight All-Mountain West distinction in both singles and doubles. He also helped Gaby Mastromarino earn a spot on the All-MWC singles team for the first time. Making a lineup change late in the season, Borelli landed Tuohimaa and Babanova on the All-MWC doubles team.
The 2012 season saw the Horned Frogs return to prominence in their final season as a Mountain West member as they stormed through the conference season at 7-0 for the regular season crown before capturing the MW tournament title as well on their way to the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The Frogs finished the year ranked 35th in the NCAA.
Accomplishments in the world of women's tennis have earned him a spot in the Intercollegiate Women's Tennis Hall of Fame. He became only the third male coach ever enshrined by the organization when he was inducted Nov. 13, 2010 in Williamsburg, Va.
Borelli led the squad to its most successful season in program history with a No. 15 rating and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2005-06, his final season as head coach. He was named ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and conference coach of the year in 2005 (Conference USA) and 2006 (Mountain West Conference).
Borelli, spent four seasons with the TCU men and, in his final season in 2010, led the squad to the Mountain West Conference tournament championship and the team's 19th NCAA tournament appearance in the last 20 years. The Frog men totaled four MWC titles overall (two regular season, two tournament) under Borelli's tutelage. as he amassed a 54-45 mark as a men's head coach.
Other highlights during Borelli's four seasons with the Frog men's program included four TCU entries in the NCAA Individual Championships and former Frog Cosmin Cotet earning MWC Co-Player of the Year honors in 2008. Additionally, Borelli recorded his 400th career victory during a 2008 road victory over UNLV.
Prior to arriving at TCU, Borelli served as the men's professional tour coach for the USTA. He was in charge of the rookie pro program for USA player development. Several of his players have been ranked in the top-100 in the world, including 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Brian Vahaly and Jeff Morrison (Florida, 1999) and Alex Kim (Stanford, 2000) on the pro tour. Brandon Hawk, a former No. 1 player at Texas and All-American, was also coached by Borelli.
A 1974 graduate of USC, Borelli was a four-year varsity member on the Trojan men's tennis team. He was named USC's Outstanding Scholar Athlete as a senior and was an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient.
Throughout his career, Borelli has coached collegiate, professional, club and camp tennis. He spent 14 seasons (1974, 1976-88) at USC, where his teams earned seven national titles, three runner-up finishes and 10 conference championships.
During his time in Los Angeles, he coached five individuals to national collegiate singles titles and two doubles teams to collegiate championships. In total, 25 different players earned 56 All-America honors.
Following the 1981 season, Borelli was named the NCAA National Collegiate Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 33-1 overall record and a third-place national finish. In 1983, Borelli became the youngest coach to win an NCAA women's tennis title at the age of 32 when the Women of Troy finished with a 33-0 record.
In his career at USC, Borelli posted a 302-45 record for an .870 winning percentage. Over an eight-year period, his teams won 88 straight home matches.
After leaving collegiate tennis, Borelli served as the head coach for the Sacramento Capitals, a professional tennis team. He was also a tennis pro at both Sierra Sport and Racquet Club as well as the Copper River Country Club.
In 1997, Borelli was selected as the United States Professional Tennis Association Pro of the Year. He was later a private pro tour coach for four years.
Borelli has served as the chair of the National Collegiate Tennis Coaches Committee, the Western Collegiate Athletic Association, the Pac-10 Coaches Committee and was on the board of directors for the Central California Tennis Association.