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Manilla Adds Pat Etcheberry to Women's Tennis Staff

October 23, 2017
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University women’s tennis head coach Dominic Manilla added Pat Etcheberry to the women's tennis staff on Monday night.  

The name Etcheberry is synonymous with success in the sport of tennis, with Pat having trained nearly two-dozen champions. He has worked with tennis players such as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Sergi Brugeura, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Mary Jo Fernandez, Ken Flach, Mardy Fish, Iva Majoli, Gabriela Sabatini, Robert Seguso and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Etcheberry has trained fifteen Olympic Medalists.

“I am humbled that Coach Etcheberry has decided to join our staff,” said Manilla. “It is great to work with an athletic department that shares our vision of making Old Dominion University one of the top women’s tennis programs in the country. Coach Etcheberry is among the most respected coaches in the world. He will only enhance our program by helping our players individually and as a team reach their maximum potential.”

(Coach Etcheberry working with seven-time grand slam champion, Justine Henin) 

In golf, he has trained PGA winners such as Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Charles Howell III, Brad Faxon and Tom Scherer.

Etcheberry has also trained NBA players including Rex Chapman (Suns), Kenny Walker (Knicks, Bullets) and Jason Williams (Kings, Grizzlies, Heat).

In the NFL, he has trained quarterbacks Shaun King (Buccaneers, Cardinals) and Jim Harbaugh (Bears, Colts and Chargers), as well as Dermontti Dawson (Steelers), Victor Riley (Chiefs & Saints), Willie Parker (Steelers), and All-Pro Charles Woodson (Raiders). 

He has served for years as Director of the Etcheberry Sports Performance Division at the Mission Inn Resort, where he develops both world class professionals and aspiring players as young as eight years old in sports as diverse as tennis, golf, football, swimming and speed skating. His programs focus on improving overall physical prowess using unique training techniques he has designed specifically to increase stamina and performance. Etcheberry currently serves as the USTA National Training Advisor.
(Coach Etcheberry working with American star, Francis Tiafoe)

Etcheberry was on staff at the University of Virginia men’s tennis program for the past five years, as the Cavaliers won four national championships in that time frame. 

Etcheberry's started his career at the University of Kentucky where he was the strength and conditioning trainer for all of the university's intercollegiate teams. A former Olympian himself, Etcheberry competed in the javelin event in the 1964 Tokyo Games for his native Chili, was the 1966 Southeastern Conference Champion and participated in the Pan American Games from 1967 to 1971. In September 2014, Pat was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame.

He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kentucky and his Master's Degree from Georgetown College. Known as an innovator for his ability to maximize results in physical training, Etcheberry is a Contributing Editor to Tennis Match and Golf International magazines, and has been featured in Golf Digest. He has also written articles for the National Strength and Coaching Association Journal, as well as numerous sports periodicals including Tennis, Tennis Week, Florida Tennis and Tennis Life magazines.

Pete Sampras and Jim Courier Talk About Pat Etcheberry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXSHMEMvKqM 

(Coach Etcheberry working with Justin Gimelstob)

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