Alessandro De Marzo is in his first season as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at USC Upstate and his fifth overall. He served as an assistant coach last year after being a student assistant coach in 2003.
De Marzo helped coach the 2004 men's team to a 20-5 record and a final No. 7 national ranking. USC Upstate advanced to the NCAA Division II Nationals in Altamonte Springs, FL, after winning the South Atlantic Sub-Regional hosted at USC Upstate. He served as a student assistant coach in 2003, helping the men's team to a 20-2 record, a share of the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship, and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also aided the women's team in earning its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
De Marzo is a native of Lima, Peru. He played his final three years of college tennis for USC Upstate after transferring in from Division I Norfolk State. De Marzo was one of the core group of players that led the resurgence in the men's tennis program. While at USC Upstate he played in the top 1-2 spots in singles and is considered the top doubles player to come out of USC Upstate in the Tami Matheny era. He led the Spartans in career doubles victories in his three years and even finished his career with a Top 15 doubles ranking. As the team captain his senior year, De Marzo led the team to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
In junior tennis, De Marzo was ranked as high as No. 8 in all of South America on the COSAT South American Junior's Tour. He also competed in the prestigious Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr Tournaments all through juniors with wins over several nationally-ranked players.