Head Coach Paul Gagliardi is entering his tenth season at the reigns of the men's tennis program in 2014-15. He is a two time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year (2009,2012), and has was also chosen as the ITA Regional Coach of th year in 2011-12.
Gagliardi coached six players to All-NEC recognition in 2010-2011, en route to winning the program's first ever Northeast Conference title. In addition to Conference Player of the Year Kirill Kasyanov, Nick Mazzarese, Chadd Sullo and Cole Conrad earned first team accolades, while Michael Syer and Chris Ujkic earned a spot on the second team.The Championship resulted in a trip to the NCAA tournament and the University of Texas.
The following year, Gagliardi led the Pioneers to a program best 16-8 record. The Pioneers were led by Kasyanov, who took home the his second consecutive NEC Player of the Year award. In addition to Kasyanov's Player of the Year honors, Gagliardi received NEC coach of the Year and ITA Regional Coach of the year. Gagliardi led the team to their second NCAA tournament appearance against the University of Virginia.
In addition to their success on the courts, the program has achieve academic excellence as well, earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award (3.2+ G.P.A. for the year) in 2009-2010.
Before coming to Sacred Heart, Gagliardi served as an assistant coach for the Yale University tennis program from 1999 to 2002, where he helped lead the men's program to a top-50 national ranking. He contributed to the recruiting efforts at both national and international events and initiated several community outreach programs. Gagliardi has also served as the Coordinator for Connecticut for the United States Tennis Association in New England. He has coordinated events and programs to promote tennis with colleges, community groups, and tennis clubs in the state.
A member of the USPTA since 1995 as a tennis professional and coach, Gagliardi has traveled internationally as a player and was the #1 ranked New England men's open division tennis player. He has coached and trained world ranked men's and women's tennis players and has participated in the Pilot Pen International tennis tournament as a hitting partner. In 2006, Gagliardi was named the USPTA New England Tennis Professional of the Year.
At Providence College, Gagliardi was a four-year starter on the men's tennis team and led the team to top regional ranking. Gagliardi served as a team captain during the 1995-1996 season and also received the school's senior award for academic and athletic excellence. After graduating from Providence, Gagliardi began his coaching and teaching career at Branford High School where he led the boy's team to an undefeated season and also taught mathematics.
Gagliardi and his wife, Julie, have two children, Lillian and Luke. They currently live in Branford.