LSU men’s tennis coach Brandi announces retirement from sport

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LSU announced the retirement Thursday of men’s tennis coach Andy Brandi after five years at the school.

Brandi accumulated 64 wins at LSU, finishing his time with the Tigers with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

In the 2021-22 season, LSU picked up its first victory in the NCAA Tournament since 2016, a 4-3 victory over SMU.

“Andy Brandi has enjoyed a legendary career, and his contributions to our program and to the entire sport of tennis are unrivaled,” LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “We wish him all the best in retirement, and we thank him for elevating our men’s tennis program and leaving it in a position of strength.”

Brandi retires as a legend in the sport, having turned the Florida women’s tennis team into a national powerhouse. He ended a 17-year career at Florida with a 460-43 record, having never dropped an SEC match at home.

Brandi won three NCAA Championships (1992, 1996 & 1998), six National Indoor Championships (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997 & 1999), and six undefeated regular seasons (1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997 & 1998).

In 2012, Brandi was inducted into the ITA Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame.

At LSU, Brandi built the Tigers’ men’s program into a consistent winner, leaving the program on a rock-solid foundation after consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. In the 2018-19 season, he led the Tigers to No. 18 in the ITA team rankings, an achievement that had not happened in the LSU Men’s Tennis program since 2009.

During Brandi’s five-year tenure, he has picked up two blue-chip prospects in Ronald Hohmann and Ben Koch, as well as two five-stars in Boris Kozlov and Nick Watson. In 2019, LSU had the No. 16 ranked recruiting class in the nation. The Tigers have had four All-SEC selections in Ronald Hohmann (2x), Kent Hunter, and Shane Monroe. In 2020-21, Brandi’s program accumulated the highest team GPA across LSU Athletics (3.66), earning ITA All-Academic team honors.

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