Goncalo Figueiredo, the winningest Islanders men's tennis player of all time, a former team captain and Portuguese Davis Cup Team, serves as associate head coach for men’s and women’s tennis.
Figueiredo has entered the league of the very best in college recruiting for men and women. Figueiredo has stepped up and added recruiting to his duties for both teams, now sharing the vital duty with Coach Moore. He assists Coach Moore in all aspects of the program for men's and women's tennis, which includes recruiting, player development, purchasing and managing team equipment, planning and running practice, team fitness and conditioning, NCAA paperwork, team budget, team travel-planning and driving, summer camps, fundraising and running the numerous tournaments held the at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
The Islanders were one of only 39 universities in NCAA Division I to have two teams competing in the 2014 Tournament. Both teams earned an automatic bid after clinching the Southland Conference regular season and tournament crowns. In 2013, both the men and women reached the NCAA Division I national rankings in 2013, making Texas A&M - Corpus Christi one of only 34 universities in the nation to have both teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Poll at the same time. Coach Figueiredo was a big part of making this success happen.
“I feel Goncalo has put in tireless hours and study to become one of the top recruiters in college tennis,” Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. “His contacts are incredibly strong, both in America and Europe, and he has built strong relationships with some of the best coaches in the world. He is an extremely hard worker and always does his due diligence. Being a great recruiter means never spending less than 20 hours a week on it, and Goncalo is willing to pay that price. He has become an incredible asset to our men’s and women’s programs.
“Goncalo was one of the most respected players in all of Division I college tennis during his career. He had wins over NCAA Champion Benjamin Becker, who later reached Top 40 in the ATP rankings, and was considered one of the toughest competitors in the country. He also beat Andre Agassi in the U.S. Open in his last career match.
Every coach in college talks about what a great competitor he was and how reliable he was for his team. I feel Goncalo brings those same qualities as a coach, and is a great mentor to our young players on how to compete and play the game at the highest level. He is incredibly intense, but loves the players and is a great teacher of the game.”
Figueiredo was ranked one of the top 100 junior players in the world, and competed in World Junior events against Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero. He reached the Top 60 in the NCAA Division I national singles rankings and had five wins against players ranked in the Top 25 nationally.
While coaching the Islanders, Figueiredo has seen the team reach the ITA Top 65 nationally seven years in a row, including No. 32 in Division I in 2007 and No. 35 in 2009. The men's team clinched the Southland Conference regular-season championship in 2014 for the seventh straight year. The Islanders have advanced to the NCAA Tennis Team Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, Figueiredo saw the team reach No. 51 in the ITA National Rankings and win the HEB Tournament of Champions, the longest running, and perhaps most prestigious, team tournament in the United States. The Islanders' men team beat two Top 35 teams to win the championship for the first time in program history.
“Goncalo was a great player, and is a tremendous coach, but most importantly, a great person with the highest character that any player could ever wish to play for,” Moore added. “He is the type of person that any parent would want their son or daughter to play for.”