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02/25/2017

Panthers Fall to Louisville

Pitt drops 6-1 decision, resumes action at Syracuse March 3.

02/24/2017

Panthers Resume Action at No. 49 Louisville

Pitt faces second conference opponent of the season.

02/12/2017

Panthers Fall 4-3 at Penn State

Pitt earns three singles wins over in-state rival

02/11/2017

Pitt Faces First Road Test at Penn State

Panthers seek fourth win of the season Sunday

02/03/2017

Pitt Set to Host Duquesne Saturday

Panthers Look to Earn Second Win

University of Pittsburgh head coach Alex Santos enters his fourth season at the helm of the women’s tennis program.
 
In Santos' first season with the Panthers in 2013, he helped one of his student-athletes accomplish something that has never been done in program history. Freshman Audrey Ann Blakely became the first-ever Pitt tennis player to crack the ITA singles rankings. Blakely checked in at No. 86 in the country on March 11 after she defeated No. 40 Kelsey Laurente of Miami. Blakely finished her freshman campaign with 33 combined victories.
 
Santos lifted the program to new heights during the 2015-16 season, as the team earned its first win over a ranked opponent (No. 61 Penn State, 2/6/16) as well as its first win over an ACC opponent since joining the conference (Louisville, 2/19/16). Individually, Audrey Ann Blakely in her junior season, also reached new heights as she once again reached the highest ranking in Pitt tennis history coming in at No. 85. The singles ranking came after Blakely defeated then-ranked No. 32 Kaitlyn McCarthy of Duke, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
 
Santos came to Pittsburgh after spending four years at the University of Miami (Fla.) as an assistant coach. Under his guidance, the Hurricanes were a force on the national stage, earning Top-10 national rankings each season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's "Elite 8" four times. Santos helped the Hurricanes capture their first-ever ACC title in 2013, and for his efforts he was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. The Hurricanes were No. 8 in the final ITA team national rankings.
Santos served as a volunteer assistant at Miami during the 2009-10 campaign prior to becoming a full time assistant. He was the team's graduate manager in the Fall of 2010, and was then promoted to a full-time assistant coach in January of 2011. While Santos was in Coral Gables, Miami played to an overall record of 85-24 (.780).
 
Santos was a coach at the prestigious Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain from 2004-06, working alongside respected coaches and elite athletes at one of the top prep academies in the world. He has also spent time as a coach at Clube do Lago (2007), Vale de Lobo Tennis Academy (2001-03, 2007) and Club de Ténis de Tavira (2000-07).
 
A native of Oeiras, Portugal, Santos earned his undergraduate degree in sports science from Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa in 2005. As a player, Santos was one of the top-ranked juniors in Portugal.

Alex Santos

Alex  Santos

Hometown:
Oeiras, Portugal

Position:
Head Coach

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