Head Men's Coach
Nick Brochu was hired in July 2007 to take over the most successful men’s tennis program in Sun Belt Conference history.
His first season in charge continued that tradition as he led South Alabama to its second consecutive Sun Belt title and a No. 51 final national ranking.
Entering his eighth season, Brochu has a 90-79 overall record, 15 all-conference singles selections and six doubles selections, in addition to five singles players and three doubles teams earning a final national ranking, and two Sun Belt Players of the Year.
Brochu has led South Alabama to four appearances in the finals of the Sun Belt Championships in the last five years.
His 2008 team featured two All-Sun Belt singles performers (Jack Baker and Marek Sramek) and two doubles teams (Jack Baker/Marek Sramek and Jack Baker/R.J. Nagel).
Baker went on to play at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Indoor Championship, ending the season with a No. 27 national ranking, the highest by a USA player since 2005. He achieved a No. 9 ranking during the season and Sramek finished No. 93. The Baker/Sramek doubles team was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation during the season and achieved a final ranking of No. 49.
Brochu was faced with a rebuilding job in 2009, bringing in four new faces in January and all four of those freshmen were in the starting lineup by season’s end. Sramek and Sergio Ramirez earned all-conference singles honors. Ramirez earned a ranking as high as No. 47, finishing No. 71, and Sramek reached No. 111 during the season.
The duo of Ramirez and Leo Dominguez also cracked the top 75 in the doubles rankings. During the 2009 season, the Jags defeated five teams that achieved a top 75 ranking during the season.
Following an 8-11 campaign in 2010, Brochu led South Alabama to a 9-9 record in 2011 and an appearance in the finals of the Sun Belt Championships. The Jaguars avenged a regular-season loss to Florida Atlantic in the semifinals to earn a berth in the finals, but saw an early lead against Middle Tennessee slip away in a 4-3 loss.
Individually, Brochu guided the doubles team of Romain Bocaert and Lucas Viel to the NCAA Championships, a first for the program since 2008. Bocaert and Viel were also tabbed to both the All-Sun Belt Singles and Doubles teams and achieved a final national doubles ranking of No. 49.
The 2012 season saw the Jaguars make another return to the Sun Belt finals, but fell yet again to the Blue Raiders. USA defeated five ranked teams, including their first win over a top-75 opponent since 2009. The team put together three four-match win streaks, the longest by the Jags since 2009.
Bocaert made a return appearance to the All-Sun Belt squads, becoming the first USA player to be named to both the singles and doubles teams in consecutive years since 2001. His playing partner, Alex Bernard, joined Bocaert on the doubles All-SBC team.
After an 11-14 record in 2013, Brochu led the Jaguars to an 18-8 campaign in 2014, including a national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and an appearance in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The team put together a five-match win streak and a 10-1 record in home play. The Jags also advanced to the finals of the H-E-B Tournament of Champions and the Middle Tennessee Shootout.
Daniel Leitner was named the 2014 SBC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and to the all-conference team. Leitner and Tuki Jacobs were voted to the first team in singles, Shayann Vaezzadeh was tabbed to the second team in singles and Manuel Belda and Gerhard Gruindelingh were named to the second team in doubles. The five all-conference honorees were the most by the program since also placing five in 2001.
The Jaguars advanced to the Sun Belt finals once again the next year with a 16-9 record, and finished nationally ranked for the first time since 2011-12 at No. 70.
Leitner was once again player of the year in the league, earning player-of-the-week honors five times, and was one of four members of the team named all-conference. He became the first Jaguar since 2008 to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championships and appeared in the final ITA rankings in both singles (No. 114) and doubles (No. 84 with Gruindelingh).
Off the court, Leitner became the second member of the men’s tennis program to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District, and he also received the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Southern Region Sportsmanship & Leadership Award.
Gruindelingh and Leitner were a First-Team All-Sun Belt selection in doubles, while Leitner was joined on the first team in singles by Tim Srkala. Jacobs earned a second-team nod.
Brochu came to USA after spending five seasons as head coach at Georgia State University. In 2006 the Panthers enjoyed the program’s best season, capturing the Colonial Athletic Association conference championship and finishing the season with a 19-5 record. GSU climbed as high as 33rd nationally during the spring, which was the highest ranking in the school’s history. The 19 wins were also a school record and the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
During Brochu’s tenure at Georgia State, the Quebec, Canada native coached one conference player of the year and three conference rookies of the year. Eight of his former players were nationally ranked, including Martin Stiegwardt (72nd) in 2007, and 10 earned first team all-conference honors. In 2007, Stiegwardt also became the first Panther to advance to the NCAA Singles Championships.
Prior to taking over as head coach, Brochu served the Panthers as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2002 spring season and helped guide GSU to the Atlantic Sun Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
During his three-year collegiate playing career at GSU, Brochu was a member of three-straight A-Sun Championship teams (1998-2000). Brochu also earned all-conference recognition in 1999 and 2000 and was ranked as high as No. 31 nationally in the NCAA rankings along with doubles partner Karl Lindberg. While at GSU, he was also a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1999 and 2000). He started his collegiate career at the University of Texas-El Paso.
After graduating from college in 2000, Brochu played professionally on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour for two years. As a professional, he won Future Events, one satellite series event and competed in Challengers. Brochu also played in a Tennis Master Series and was ranked in the ATP doubles top 500.
Brochu also holds a bachelor degree in finance and a master’s degree in sports administration-marketing that he earned at Georgia State.