Pauri Pandian
Pauri Pandian
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 781-736-3648
Year: 5th
Previous College: Wesleyan (Conn.) '08
Pronouns: he/him/his

Pauri Pandian rejoined the Brandeis tennis staff as head coach in the summer of 2019 after a tenure as head coach at Wheaton College. In July of 2022, he was named head coach of the women's tennis team. 

In his first campaign as head coach of men's and women's tennis at Brandeis, Pandian saw two of his players earn All-American honors, David Aizenberg '20 and Anupreeth Coramutla '21. Aizenberg became just the second Brandeis player named an All-American in both singles and doubles in the same year, while Coramutla was honored in doubles. 

Pandian led the Judges to a historic 2021 season. Brandeis went 6-1 during the regular season and earned the program's first NCAA tournament berth since 1989. The Judges won their first two tournament matches over Grove City, 5-0, and Southern Virginia, 5-3, to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in team history. Additionally, the team earned three All-America honors, with Coramutla getting recognized for his singles play after winning a first-round match in the NCAA Singles Championship, and Jeff Chen '22 and Adam Tzeng '22 making a run to the finals of the NCAA Doubles tournament, the best doubles finish in team history. For his efforts, Pandian was named the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. 

In four years from 2015 to 2019 at Wheaton, Pandian's teams totaled 59 combined wins, reaching the semifinals of the NEWMAC tournament with both the men's and women's teams in both 2018 and 2019. He helped the Lyons develop the 2019 NEWMAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, Ines DeBracamonte. Wheaton teams also earned the ITA's All-Academic Team Award three times in his tenure. Off the court, Pandian's teams have been involved with Team IMPACT and the Greater Norton Food Bank.

Pandian was an assistant coach under previous coach Ben Lamanna at Brandeis for four years from 2011 through 2015. In his final season with the Judges as an assistant, Pandian was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Coach of the Year for women's tennis and was the Northeast Regional Coach of the Year for both the men and women. During his tenure, the Brandeis women were nationally-ranked each year, and Carley Cooke '15 graduated as the Judges' most decorated women's tennis player in program history, winning five All-America honors. The Brandeis men also had numerous All-University Athletic Association honorees during that span.

Prior to Brandeis, Pandian served as the head coach Beaver Country Day School in Brookline.

Pandian graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008, double majoring in English and Religion. A four-year starter and captain his senior year, Pauri played in every spot in the singles and doubles lineup throughout his career.