OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State University Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee has recently named Brad Ferreira as the new head coach of the Wildcats' men's tennis team. Ferreira replaces Jared Burnham, who left WSU after serving as the head coach for the previous eight seasons.
"We are excited to have found a coach of the caliber of Brad Ferriera, and we are pleased to have him rejoin the Wildcat family," said Bovee. "He was a great player here; he has been a great professional in this state for many years, and he is a great addition to our program.
Ferreira is an alumnus of Weber State University, and played collegiately for the Wildcats from 1986 to 1990. He played #2 singles and #1 doubles during his career at Weber State, helping the Wildcats to four-straight Big Sky Conference championships under head coach Keith Cox. Ferreira played his doubles matches alongside current WSU women's tennis coach Jonas Ehrlin.
"It is every tennis coaches' dream to coach collegiate tennis, and especially at their alma mater," said Ferreira. "I am really excited about this opportunity."
Following his career with the Wildcats, Ferreira entered the coaching ranks as a club professional, starting his career at the Ogden Athletic Club. After spending three years as a Teaching Assistant, he became the club's Head Tennis Professional, and served in that capacity from 1993 to 2000.
During his time at the Ogden Athletic Club, Ferreira also coached on the ATP World Tour, guiding his brother, Wayne, who was ranked in the top 10 on the tour.
In 2000, Ferreira left coaching to work in the pharmaceutical industry, where he spent the next five years.
Wanting to get back into the tennis world, Ferreira founded the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club in North Salt Lake City in 2005, where he remains as the Owner and Operator. He has been the Tennis Director at the club since its inception, but will turn those duties over to his assistants as he turns his focus toward the Weber State program.
"Jared has done a great job building up this program, and leaves some big shoes to fill," said Ferreira. "I am eager to continue the strong tradition of Weber State Athletics."