Aljosa Piric was named head men's tennis coach by Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig on June 29, 2011. He enters his fifth season at the helm of the Monarch tennis program in 2015-16.
Piric and the Monarchs were clicking on all cylinders during the 2014-15 season, as he led Old Dominion to a 16-3 overall record, while knocking off three nationally ranked opponents in the process: No. 60 Elon (7-0), No. 66 South Alabama (4-3) and No. 75 Rice (4-2). Piric had his Tennis Monarchs nationally ranked throughout the season.
In 2014-15, Piric placed two players on the All Conference USA singles teams (Carlos Lopez Villa and Adam Moundir), placed two squads on the All C-USA doubles teams (Carlos Lopez Villa/Javier Jover Maestre and Adam Moundir/Michael Weindl), as well as possessed the Freshman of the Year (Adam Moundir). Lopez Villa was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, while five student-athletes garnered All C-USA Honor Roll recognition for having a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
Coach Piric had his most impressive season at the helm at ODU in 2014-15, with a total of six rostered freshmen and just one senior. The Tennis Monarchs finished the season with an impressive 7-1 record at home and a 9-2 mark on the road.
Only adding to the esteemed coach’s resume, Piric was tabbed to help out the 2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina Davis Cup national team in December of 2013. He has been involved with his home country’s national program since 2000 and will look to contribute even further in the coming year. In an impressive showing on April 10, while serving as team captain, Piric’s Bosnian squad defeated Finland in the quarterfinals of group play in thrilling fashion.
In the spring of 2014, Piric led the Monarchs to another winning season with a 12-10 overall record, including an impressive 11-6 mark at home. The team took down the No. 64 ranked College of Charleston at home in exciting match. Piric’s team showed their resiliency by having a record of 7-1 coming off of a loss, and had only lost two in a row once all season. He also helped guide Carlos Lopez Villa to the 2014 All-Conference USA Singles First Team. Piric’s leadership proved to be influential off the court as well, as the team was honored for academic accomplishments in numerous ways. Lopez Villa was named to the C-USA All Academic Team and also received the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. As a whole, the men’s tennis team was recognized by the NCAA for a perfect APR performance.
In the fall of 2013, Piric guided junior Carlos Lopez Villa to a USTA/ITA Regional crown, as he became just the second male in school history to accomplish such a feat. Lopez Villa went on to win his first round match at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Nationals before dropping his second round match to the eventual champion.
During the 2012-13 campaign, Piric’s squad won its first match over a ranked opponent since 2009 by defeating No. 27 Harvard 4-3 (2/4). Piric coached Carlos Lopez Villa to First-Team All-Conference USA honors in singles and a ranking of No. 93 by the season’s end. He also helped Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel achieve All-Conference USA Second-Team honors in doubles. The duo was ranked as high as No. 23 during the season.
Under his leadership, the men’s tennis program has not only achieved success on the courts but also in the classroom, as the team posted a cumulative 3.1 GPA for the 2012-13 season. Additionally, Carlos Lopez Villa was named to the 2013 C-USA Men’s Tennis All-Academic Team after posting a 3.75 GPA. Aljosa and 2012-13 Tennis Monarchs also captured Old Dominion’s coveted Monarch Cup, which is given to one team at the school each year for their outstanding work in the community and service to those in need.
Before taking over at Old Dominion, Piric spent three years as assistant coach at Georgia Tech.
"We welcome Aljosa as our head men's tennis coach. He has proven to be an outstanding recruiter both nationally and internationally throughout his career which we will certainly welcome. Our student-athletes will benefit from his value driven leadership skills and his ability to communicate. An intense competitor, Aljosa has recently helped Georgia Tech become a Top 15 tennis program. Coach Piric shares our vision and ambitions to achieve a similar Top 25 status for our men's program. " - Dr. Wood Selig.
At Georgia Tech, Piric was an assistant coach for Kenny Thorne, the 2011 ITA Men's Coach of the Year. During his three years in Atlanta, Georgia Tech improved its national ranking from 49th in 2009 to 25th in 2010 and 13th this past season. He coached Three-time All-American in Guillermo Gomez, the ITA National Indoor Championship finalist, ranked fifth nationally in 2010, and 13th this season. He also Coached Juan Spir and Kevin King who were All-Americans in 2011 and NCAA doubles tournament semifinalists, with a national ranking of ninth.
"I would like to thank Dr. Selig, Bruce Stewart, and the rest of the search committee members for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am extremely grateful and look forward to working very hard in helping our student athletes, and ODU's men's tennis program in general to reach new goals and triumphs. I am especially pleased to be returning to, what I feel is, my home state of Virginia. This is where I pursued my high school and college education, and I look forward to reconnecting with many friends throughout the Virginia tennis community. Last but not least, I want to thank my wife Jessica, for her support and encouragement throughout this whole process. We are both very excited to be Monarchs." - Aljosa Piric
Piric was also very active in the community as he helped organize men's tennis team community service outreach and worked with organizations such as "Friends of Jaclyn", a program that benefits children with brain tumors.
A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Piric has coached numerous sectional champions and top level U.S. junior players while working at the Stamford indoor Tennis Academy.
In 2000, Piric coached the Bosnian National boys 18's and under junior team at the team European Championships in Catania, Italy. He also coached the Bosnian National boys 18's and under junior team at the European individual championships in Closters, Switzerland.
Piric graduated from the University of Richmond in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business management. As a member of the Spider's tennis team, Piric played at No. 1 singles and doubles and served as team captain his senior season.
In 1999, Piric was selected to the Bosnian Davis Cup National team that competed against Egypt and Luxembourg in Cairo, Egypt.
"Piric's vision for our program was matched only by his passion for the sport. He has learned a tremendous amount from Kenny Thorne. I am confident Piric will be a great asset not only to our student athletes, but our entire community. He is poised to build upon our current foundation on pillars of integrity, passion and excellence. He is a tremendous leader and I fully expect our student athletes to grow, not only as tennis players under his direction, but as young men ready to serve the global community. " - Bruce Stewart
Prior to attending Richmond, Piric competed in numerous European junior tournaments and was a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national junior team that competed at the European Team Championships. He attended Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Va. where he won the Virginia High School State Championship in both singles and doubles.