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Brian Fleishman
Brian Fleishman

Head Coach

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Brian Fleishman
The Fleishman File
Christopher Newport University (Va.), 1991
Wife, Janet; son Zachary; daughter Jadyn
Coaching Career
Head Coach, University of Wisconsin, 2008-present
Head Coach, Wake Forest, 1999-2005
Assistant Coach, Wake Forest, 1997-1999
Assistant Coach, William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.), 1995-1997
Van der Meer Tennis Academy, 1991-1995
Coaching Awards
1997 ITA Eastern Regional Assistant Coach of the Year
2000 ACC Coach of the Year
2002 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year
2002 ITA Regional Coach of the Year
2003 PTR/Jim Verdieck Award for College Coaching

Fleishman led a young 2012-13 team that featured just one upperclassman to a 5-18 record, and a 3-8 mark in the Big Ten. Despite their youth, the Badgers were able to improve their conference finish from 2011-12, going for a 10th-place finish to tying for eighth in the Big Ten in 2012-13. The Big Ten was once again a dominant conference, as eight of 11 teams finished the year ranked. Fleishman was able to guide the Badgers to a huge upset of then-No. 52 Ohio State on April 5, 5-2. The Badgers were also able to score a wild, come-from-behind Senior Day win against Iowa. The Badgers once again appeared in the ITA rankings, opening the season at No. 75 on Jan. 3, and remaining in thepoll until Feb. 19.

Under Fleishman's leadership, the 2011-12 Badgers posted their second-straight season with an overall record of .500 or better, finishing the season 12-12 overall (3-8 Big Ten). UW finished 10th in an ultra-competitive Big Ten Conference, where eight of the 11 teams Wisconsin faced in their conference season were ranked nationally when the Badgers matched up with them. Fleishman led the Badgers to wins over Michigan State and Iowa in the conference season, in addition to an upset of No. 47 Indiana on April 15. UW's upset win over Indiana was significant, as it was the first time the Wisconsin had defeated the Hoosiers since 2003. The Badgers couldn't pull off another upset of the Hoosiers, falling to IU in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, 4-0. The 12 victories on the season were the second-most for UW under Fleishman, behind only 2011's 14 wins. The Badgers achieved a spot in the ITA Rankings four times during the 2012-13 season. Their highest team ranking (No. 61) came during the week of Feb. 28, while their last appearance in the rankings came on March 13, when they were ranked No. 75. Fleishman steered the Badgers to their most impressive win of the season on Feb. 12, as the Badgers toppled then-No. 37 NC State to record their first victory over a ranked team since April 1, 2011. Fleishman also coached an All-Big Ten honoree in senior Alaina Trgovich, who was named to the second-team after the season. It was the second-straight year that Fleishman produced an all-conference individual, as Jenny Hois was named All-Big Ten after the 2011 season.

Fleishman's 2010-11 Badgers compiled an overall record of 14-11, marking the program's most wins since the 2005 season and the best record in Fleishman's first four years at Wisconsin. Freshman Jenny Hois earned All-Big Ten second team honors as UW finished in a tie for fifth in the league standings at 5-5 in Big Ten matches. The Badgers earned a bye past the opening round of the Big Ten tournament but fell to Ohio State in a tough 4-3 quarterfinal match.

The 2009-10 season saw the Badgers post a 9-16 overall record with a 3-7 mark in Big Ten matches to finish ninth in the conference standings. Eight of the 11 Big Ten teams finished the season ranked among the top 75 teams in the country according to the ITA rankings. Wisconsin picked up three victories over ranked opponents, including two wins over then-ranked border-rival Minnesota.

Fleishman led the program to an improved season in 2008-09 as the team finished seventh in the Big Ten, moving up four spots since he took over at the helm. He led Wisconsin to a 3-7 conference record after winning three of the last four regular season conference matches. Along the way, Liz Carpenter became the first All-Big Ten selection under Fleishman.

In his first season with the University of Wisconsin (2007-08), Fleishman helped the Badgers move up two spots in the Big Ten standings. Finishing with a 2-8 record in the Big Ten and 10-14 overall, Wisconsin finished the 2008 season ranked No. 68 in the country.

From 1999 to 2005, Fleishman served as the head coach at Wake Forest where he guided the Demon Deacons to six NCAA tournament appearances and an overall record of 105-68. The 2002 National Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year and 2000 ACC Coach of the Year, Fleishman coached four national champions, including 2002 NCAA singles champion Bea Bielik. He also earned the PTR/Jim Verdieck Award for College Coaching in 2003.

Fleishman joined the Wake Forest staff as an assistant coach in 1997 before being promoted in 1999. Prior to arriving at Wake Forest, Fleishman served as an assistant coach at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., for two seasons. In 1997, his final season at William and Mary, Fleishman was named the ITA Eastern Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

While coaching at the collegiate level from 1995 to 2005, Fleishman coached 16 All-Americans at William and Mary and Wake Forest and helped led his teams to nine NCAA tournament appearances, reaching the quarterfinals three times.

Before entering the college coaching ranks, Fleishman joined the staff at the Van der Meer Tennis Academy in 1991. During his first stint at the Hilton Head, S.C., based tennis academy, Fleishman was involved with player development while also serving as the Junior Programs Coordinator.

Between 1991 and 1995, Fleishman coached and traveled with several ranked professional players on the ATP and WTA tours including Grant Stafford, who was ranked among the top 80 singles players in the world at the time. Stafford went on to win five doubles titles in his career and reach a peak singles ranking of No. 53 in 1994.

Fleishman returned to the Van der Meer Academy in 2005 to become the Director of the World Class Junior Academy. In this position, Fleishman works with high-level tournament-caliber juniors and touring pros on the men's and women's circuits. He is involved in all facets of the academy, including directing practice sessions, recruiting potential students nationally and internationally, and controlling the academy's budget.

Fleishman earned a bachelor's degree in leisure studies and tourism with a minor in psychology and coaching in 1991 from Christopher Newport University (Va.), where he was a four-year letterwinner for the tennis team.

Fleishman and his wife, Janet, have a son Zachary (3) and daughter Jadyn (1 and 1/2).

Fleishman's Year-by-Year Coaching History

Season University Record Pct. Conference Pct. Place Postseason
1998-99* Wake Forest 16-11 .593 7-1 (ACC) .875 2nd Second Round
1999-00 Wake Forest 24-3 .889 8-0 1.000 1st Quarterfinals
2000-01 Wake Forest 18-9 .666 7-1 .875 2nd Sweet 16
2001-02 Wake Forest 24-6 .800 6-2 .750 3rd Quarterfinals
2002-03 Wake Forest 4-22 .154 1-7 .125 8th ---
2003-04 Wake Forest 11-12 .478 3-5 .375 6th First Round
2004-05 Wake Forest 13-19 .406 5-5 .500 5th Second Round
2007-08 Wisconsin 10-14 .416 2-8 (Big Ten) .250 9th Big Ten Tournament
2008-09 Wisconsin 9-15 .375 3-7 .300 7th Big Ten Tournament
2009-10 Wisconsin 9-16 .360 3-7 .300 9th Big Ten Tournament
2010-11 Wisconsin 14-11 .560 5-5 .500 T-5th

Big Ten Tournament

2011-12 Wisconsin 12-12 .500 3-8 .273 10th

Big Ten Tournament

2012-13 Wisconsin 5-18 .217 3-8 .273 T-8th

Big Ten Tournament

Career Record 13 Years 169-168 .501 56-64 .467 --- ---
UW Record 6Years 59-86 .401 19-43 .306 --- ---

* Fleishman took over for Lew Gerrard during the 1998-99 season.

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