Marcelo Ferreira was elevated from assistant coach to associated head coach for the Texas Tech men's tennis teamin October, 2012.
"I have always looked at Marcelo as my equal. We have had two head coaches for the past five years," said Siegel. "He has helped our program accomplish so much. He has done an outstanding job in recruiting and in coaching and teaching our players. I feel the time is right to elevate him to associate head coach, because of everything he has done for me, the program and our student-athletes."
Ferreira is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Texas Tech and has twice been named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 2010 and 2012.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity from Coach Siegel and (Director of Athletics) Kirby Hocutt," said Ferreira. "I feel like it is just an extension of their belief in my abilities to be a good all-around coach. This is very motivating for me. I am excited to take on more duties and responsibilities, whatever they may be, to show that I can run this program right beside Coach Siegel."
Since Ferreira's arrival in Lubbock, the Red Raiders have been ranked in the ITA Top 25 in four of the last five seasons. He has also helped lead Texas Tech to five straight appearances to the NCAA Championships.
Besides assisting the Red Raiders on the courts, Ferreira is also one of the top recruiters in the nation, traveling overseas to sign the world's top talent, while also assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program. He was instrumental in the recruitment of Texas Tech's only two All-Americans - Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar.
During his five-year tenure, nine different Red Raiders have earned an ITA national ranking. He has also coached 20 All-Big 12 selections and 21 Academic All-Big 12 honorees since his arrival.
Ferreira began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater at Georgia College & State University, where he was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach.
The São Paulo, Brazil, native began his coaching career in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, where he taught lessons and helped manage the academy. During the same time, he also taught at the Alphaville Tennis Club organizing inter-clubs and challenges. As a certified tennis teaching professional in Brazil, his experience led him to coach three All-American players during his tenure.
After leaving Brazil, Ferreira became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, N.Y. Also during that time, he founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for prospective tennis players to compete in the United States.
A member of the International Club GCSU, he was also a three-time letterwinner at Georgia College & State University. There he compiled a 47-33 career record in singles and a 32-23 career record in doubles. Ferreira was also named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll all three years.
Ferreira graduated from Georgia College & State in 2006 with a bachelor of science in education, with an emphasis in physical education. He earned a master's of science degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management from Texas Tech.