“I believe Marcelo Ferreira to be a rising star in the collegiate tennis coaching field,” Potts said. “He is a great fit for Pepperdine in that he is committed to the academic well-being of our student-athletes, committed to the continuance of the championship tradition of our men’s tennis program and, most importantly, strongly committed to the Christian mission of our institution.”
“Adam Steinberg and all of the coaches before him were responsible for nurturing this program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the country. It is an honor and privilege to lead this team and I am committed to furthering its legacy," Ferreira said.
Ferreira is now the 14th head coach in the program’s storied history, dating to the 1940s. A native of Brazil, this is Ferreira's first appointment as head coach after spending the past eight years as an assistant. Steinberg, who preceded Ferreira, was responsible for bringing him to Malibu.
Prior to coming to Malibu, Ferreira spent five seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach before being promoted to the role of associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.
Ferreira has already helped further the legacy of Pepperdine tennis. In his first season with the Waves, Alex Sarkissian became just the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA singles championship. In addition to earning ITA All-American status in singles, Sarkissian was also an All-American in doubles alongside Francis Alcantara. Unseeded, the duo reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA doubles championship.
Ferreira was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year during his tenure with the Red Raiders, first in 2010 and again in '12. Texas Tech went 103-54 (.656) with Ferreira on the coaching staff, and made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2008-12. In his six years on the sidelines -- by far the most successful six-year span in program history -- the team finished ranked in the ITA top 25 an unprecedented four times.
After graduating from Georgia College in 2006, Ferreira remained at the school for a year to serve as the assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Ferreira got his coaching start in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, Brazil.
After moving to the United States, Ferreira founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for foreign prospective tennis players. Not soon after, he became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, New York.
Ferreira graduated from Georgia College in 2006 with a physical education degree. He was a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team and earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. He later went on to earn his master’s degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management, from Texas Tech.