Boland Guides Virginia to Another Final Four

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Brian Boland's eyes open wide with excitement when talking about the NCAA Tournament.

"It's Christmas," Boland laughed. "It's an opportunity to have something that only comes once a year that you work really hard for that you look forward to and anticipate with great enthusiasm."

The Virginia head coach is in his 12th season at the head of the Cavalier men's tennis program, a program he's helped mold into a national contender every season.

During his time in Charlottesville, his teams have had a No. 1 national ranking during six different seasons, won nine ACC Championships, ten ACC regular season titles, advanced to the 2011 and 2012 NCAA final, the NCAA semifinals six times and the quarterfinals four other seasons, and set the school record for wins in a season.

But Boland isn't one to rest on those accomplishments. He believes the best is yet to come.

"I believe there's a lot of positive things to come in future years. We work really hard, we have a great foundation, but I believe the best is still in front of us. We're certainly pleased with what we've accomplished but we're nowhere near what we hope to accomplish in years to come."

The one goal that's eluded Boland and the Cavaliers to this point is the National Championship. They've come close the last two seasons, falling to USC in both Championship Finals. But many believe this is the team can get Boland over that hurdle.

"Just getting it done would mean the world to him and especially us the players, to finally give it to him I think would be amazing," senior Julen Uriguen said.

"I know once he gets that team title he's just going to go back to work and get another one," fellow senior Jarmere Jenkins added.

Boland insists winning the title won't change how he goes about business at UVa.

"It's not going to motivate me," Boland explained. "Bottom line is I'm going to give my best every single day. That's how I've been my entire life. It would be an exciting time that I would enjoy and be thrilled to have been part of something that won a National Championship but it's not going to motivate me any more. I'm motivated. And I'm just going to keep working year in and year out for this program and give it everything I have."

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