Tony Bresky
Tony  Bresky

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Western Illinois, 1998

Experience:
Fifth Season

11/07/2016

Bresky Adds Chris Eaton to Coaching Staff

Eaton had a six-year professional career and was ranked as high as 317 in the world in singles.

10/10/2016

Chrysochos Wins ITA All-American Championship

Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos knocked off Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to claim Wake Forest's first-ever title at the event.

08/23/2016

Bresky Announces 2016-17 Schedule

Wake Forest head men's tennis coach Tony Bresky announced the 2016-17 slate, featuring 11 matches against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.

06/27/2016

2016 ACC Title Season in Review

The Demon Deacons won their first conference title and achieved many program records and firsts in the 2016 season.

05/03/2016

Wake Forest to Host NCAA Tournament Regional

After earning the tournament's No. 6 overall seed, the Deacs will welcome Michigan, East Tennessee State and Coastal Carolina to Winston-Salem on May 13 and 14.

10/11/2014

2014 Wake Forest Fall Invitational

Head coach Tony Bresky discussed the fall season so far, including this weekend's Wake Forest Fall Invitational.

04/18/2013

Inside Wake Forest Tennis: UNC Preview

The latest edition of Inside Wake Forest Tennis previews Wake Forest's Senior Day match against North Carolina

02/28/2013

Inside Wake Forest Tennis: Oklahoma Preview

Head coach Tony Bresky talks about the first half of the Wake Forest tennis season and the Deacons' upcoming match with Oklahoma

01/31/2013

Inside Wake Forest Tennis: Louisville Preview

Head coach Tony Bresky previews the Wake Forest men's tennis team's match against Louisville on Friday

05/13/2016

Wake Forest vs. Coastal Carolina (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Wake Forest defeated Coastal Carolina, 4-0, on May 13, 2016 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

02/05/2016

Wake Forest vs. South Carolina

The No. 10 Wake Forest men's tennis team defeated No. 55 South Carolina, 7-0, on Feb. 5, 2016.

03/22/2015

No. 12 Wake Forest at No. 6 Duke

The Demon Deacons were edged by the Blue Devils on Sunday evening.

04/19/2014

Wake Forest vs. Duke - 4/18/14

Wake Forest men's tennis vs. Duke

02/10/2013

Wake Forest vs. Tennessee - 2-10-13

Wake Forest took on Tennessee on Sunday at the Indoor Tennis Center

Entering his sixth season at the helm of the Wake Forest men's tennis program in 2016-17, Tony Bresky has guided the Demon Deacons back to being a national power.

In five seasons, Bresky has accumulated a 104-52 record, including 32-24 in ACC play, giving him the best overall and conference winning percentages of any coach in program history.

Bresky has guided Wake Forest to three ACC Tournament championship appearances, the program's first-ever conference title and the program's third NCAA Tournament round of 16 berth. The Deacons posted a team record 31 wins in 2016, breaking the previous record of 24, which was set the season before. Bresky has helped 12 players earn All-ACC honors and four to academic all-conference accolades, while guiding five players to All-American status. He also helped Noah Rubin claim ITA National Rookie of the Year and ACC Player of the Year awards in 2015. Both Rubin and Petros Chrysochos earned ITA Carolina Regional Rookie of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year plaudits.

Since taking over the program prior to the 2011-12 season, Wake Forest has finished in the ITA Top 20 at season's end three times, including its highest finish ever, eighth, in 2016. The team also hosted NCAA Tournament Regionals in 2015 and 2016.

Following four seasons that included noteworthy accomplishments, the Deacs continued their rise to prominance under Bresky in 2016. After beginning the season at No. 11, their highest preseason ranking ever, the Deacs went on to go 31-6 and posted a record 20 wins against ranked opponents. The team climbed to No. 5 in the nation, the program's highest-ever ranking, and posted wins over No. 2 Oklahoma and ACC foes North Carolina and Virginia, which both held the No. 1 ranking at the time of the matches. The Deacons had never defeated a team ranked third or higher entering the season.

The victory over Virginia was one to remember, as rookie Dennis Uspensky prevailed in a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) decision at No. 6 singles to seal a 4-3 triumph that gave the Demon Deacons their first-ever ACC Tournament title, ending the Cavaliers' nine-year conference championship reign. It was the Deacs' first win against the Wahoos since 2003.

In the week following the team's first-ever conference title, Bresky earned his second-career ACC Coach of the Year honor and it was announced that Wake Forest would host an NCAA Tournament Regional for the second-consecutive year. The Deacs were the No. 6 overall seed in the tournament and went on to defeat Coastal Carolina and Michigan before falling to eventual national runner up Oklahoma.

Another first for the Deacons in 2016 was their ITA National Team Indoor Championships berth. As one of 15 ITA Kick-Off Weekend hosts, Wake Forest dispatched Auburn and Tennessee to move on to the National Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. At the National Indoors, the Deacs reached the quarterfinal round and registered victories over Oklahoma and USC, the tournament's finalists from the year before.

The 2016 senior class of Romain Bogaerts, Jon Ho, Anthony Delcore, Sam Bloom and Brendan Henry, Bresky's first class at Wake Forest, graduated as the winningest senior class in history at 90-37.

In 2015, Bresky guided Wake Forest to a 24-8 record and a run to the third round of the national tournament after the Demon Deacons struggled to a 15-14 mark in 2013-14. The Deacs also reached the ACC Championship final At season's end, Bresky was named ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year.

In just his second season with Wake Forest in 2012-13, Bresky engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in the country, helping Wake Forest to a 20-9 overall record with a 7-3 ACC mark, good for third in the conference, to go with a bid to the NCAA Championship. The campaign followed a 2011-12 season that saw the Deacs finish 10th in the conference at 3-8 and 14-15 overall.

With the highly-successful campaign, Bresky was named ACC Coach of the Year. The award made him just the second Wake Forest men's tennis coach ever to win the award, joining Wake Forest Hall of Famer Jim Leighton. The Demon Deacons finished No. 19 in the final ITA rankings, marking the team's highest finish since 2009. Bresky guided David Hopkins, Amogh Prabhakar and Adam Lee to All-ACC honors in 2013, giving Wake Forest three members of the All-ACC team for the first time since 2002.

Bresky's coaching acumen has allowed him to get the most of his players, including those that he inherited when coming to Wake Forest. His 2013 seniors Hopkins, Prabhakar and Kreyman all posted more than half of their career wins in their two seasons under Bresky, while Lee won 38 matches as a junior in 2013 to set the Wake Forest single-season wins record.

In his first year in Winston-Salem in 2011-12, Bresky inherited a roster of only three players with significant collegiate experience, but still managed to guide the Demon Deacons to a 14-15 record and a quarterfinal appearance at the ACC Championship.

Bresky took over at Wake Forest in September 2011 after spending one stellar season at Cornell, where he led the Big Red to its best season in program history. With Cornell, Bresky led the squad to a 26-5 record overall and a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy League play, giving the team its first-ever Ivy League championship and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Prior to Bresky's arrival at Cornell, no Big Red men's tennis team had ever won more than 20 matches in a season.

Under Bresky's direction, the Big Red placed three players on the All-Ivy League teams in 2011. That total marked the most league award winners in a single season in Cornell men's tennis history. An impressive recruiter, Bresky was able draw top-caliber players to Ithaca. His 2011 incoming class at Cornell was ranked as the fifth-best nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network and was the only class from a non-BCS conference school to be ranked in the top 10.

In addition to his success at Cornell, Bresky brought a wealth of ACC experience with him to Winston-Salem having served as associate head coach at Virginia from 2002-10.

Under the guidance of head coach Brian Boland, he helped guide the Cavaliers to six ACC Championships. Bresky's list of accomplishments during his tenure at Virginia is lengthy, highlighted by the Cavaliers earning the top national ranking in singles, doubles and as a team on multiple occasions. The Cavaliers won seven-straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and six ACC tournament titles in the seven seasons.

With Bresky on the coaching staff, Virginia won 62-straight ACC matches and had 19 singles players and nine doubles teams qualify for both the NCAA singles and doubles championships over a stretch of seven seasons. Bresky helped lead the Cavaliers to the national semifinal round three times, the national quarterfinals three times and one appearance in the round of 16.

At Virginia he has two players earn the NCAA Singles national title and one team win the national doubles crown, while having 11 student-athletes earn All-America honors. The 2005 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bresky was a three-time Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and was the only assistant coach in the nation to be named to an ITA committee when he was placed on the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee.

While at Virginia, the men's tennis program graduated 100 percent of its student athletes. During the summer of 2009, Bresky served as the USTA Men's Summer Collegiate Team Coach, providing elite training for the top varsity collegiate players in the country. The program, designed to provide players with exposure to the professional circuit in a team-oriented environment, saw players competing at USTA Pro Circuit events and the US Open.

Bresky's experience also includes a stint as a private tennis coach in Bronxville, N.Y., in 2001 and 2002, highlighted by his mentoring of Stephen Bass, who was ranked as high as 11th in the USTA junior national rankings. Bass would go on to earn a scholarship at Notre Dame and earn All-America honors while playing for the Fighting Irish.

Bresky also spent time as the Assistant Director of Tennis for Tennis Europe, a program designed to train junior tennis teams traveling throughout Europe.

Before that, he spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana State, where he helped to guide the Sycamores to a No. 17 national ranking. While at Indiana State, Bresky earned a master's degree in business administration. He helped lead the Sycamores to their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships in school history while posting a 50-8 overall record. The men's tennis team had the top overall grade point average among men's team sports at Indiana State.

Bresky earned his bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting from Western Illinois in 1998. He played four years of tennis for the Leathernecks, earning Mid-Continent Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and garnering league player of the year accolades in each of the next three seasons. He led WIU to the program's first Mid-Continent Conference championship in 1995 and successfully defended the team title the following year. Bresky was a two-time ITA Scholastic All-American in 1996 and 1997 and was a three-year team captain.

Bresky and his wife, Christine, were married during the summer of 2015.
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