Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Brandon Lupian

Coach Brandon Lupian enters his 14th year as head coach of the San Diego City College men's tennis program in 2018-2019. He is the longest tenured head coach in the history of the tennis program. In 2017, he was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Region I California Coach of the Year after leading his team to an undefeated season and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship. The Knights earned state rankings of #11 in 2017 and #12 in 2018 and made the dual team state playoffs both years. Prior to 2017, his teams have consistently earned state rankings: #21 in 2009, #19 in 2011, #20 in 2012, and #23 in 2015.

During his tenure at City, Lupian has consistently qualified players for the Regional Championships at Ojai. He has coached four PCAC All-Conference players: Daniel Villa Rosas (2016 & 2017-singles), Dale Gutierrez (2016-Doubles), Logan Rinder (2016-Doubles), and Manuel Cardona (2018-singles). Several of his players earned individual state singles and doubles rankings including: Rafa Martinez (2013- #39), Rafa Martinez/Alex Torres(2013-#36), Logan Rinder/Dale Gutierrez (2015-#38, 2016-#26), Daniel Villa Rosas(2016-#32, 2017- #45), Dale Gutierrez(2016-#32), Logan Rinder(2016 #72), Patrick Meier(2017-#69), Ivan Martinez (2017-#72), Daniel Villa Rosas/Patrick Meier(2017-#30), Ivan Martinez/Jose Ruiz(2017-#37), Shane Griffin/Shawn Tran (2017-#46), Manuel Cardona(2018-#26), Shawn Tran (2018-#74), Manuel Cardona/Jose Ruiz(2018-#34), Shawn Tran/Rafael Martinez(2018-#37).       

Coach Lupian competed at Southwestern College where he was a two-time All-PCC selection. He then moved on to play at U.S. International University, earning a B.A. in Sociology in 2003. Lupian holds a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University. He feels that his own experience in taking the community college pathway helps him relate to his players and gives him insight into what they need to do to be successful student athletes at San Diego City College as well as what it takes for them to succeed at the next level.

For this reason, Lupian focuses on all aspects of his players’ development in his program. In both 2015 and 2016, his teams earned ITA Academic All-American Honors (combined team GPA of 3.2 or above). Several of his players have earned individual ITA All-American Honors as well: Donald Stiles (2014), David Lin (2014/2015), Cuong Nguyen (2015), Daniel Villa Rosas (2015/2016), Dominic Villamor (2015/2016), Logan Rinder(2015/2016), Patrick Meier(2016/2017), and Christian Baiza(2016). In 2017, Shane Griffin was named to the All-PCAC Sportsmanship Team and in 2018, Manuel Cardona was named to the All- PCAC Sportsmanship Team.

He is extremely proud of the fact that several of his players have gone on to four-year universities such as UC Berkeley, San Diego State, UCSD, San Jose State, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, Kansas Wesleyan, and UCLA. SDCC Men’s Tennis standout, Rafa Martinez, graduated from Holy Names University where he played for two years on a tennis scholarship. Martinez is currently the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at Sonoma State University. Another SDCC Tennis standout, Sergio Navarro, attended Kansas Wesleyan University on a tennis scholarship. Other former Knights who continued their tennis careers at four-year colleges include: David Munoz (Hope International), Alex Torres(Concordia), and German Ziella (San Diego Christian College). Most recently, Logan Rinder graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Biological Anthropology. Prior to taking over as the Knight’s Head Coach, Lupian was the Men's Assistant Coach at Southwestern College from 2003-2006. During the same time, Lupian was the Head Coach of the Otay Ranch High School Boy's and Girl's Tennis Teams. The boys won the South Bay League in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The girls’ team won the South Bay League championship in 2005. Lupian is single and has a son, Joaquin.

Coach Lupian’s favorite coaching quote, "I think when you enjoy what you're doing, you get to where you want to go....”

Contact Information
Head Coach: Brandon Lupian
Phone: (619) 388-3431

assistant Coach - eric mann

Coach Mann enters his seventh season as the Knight’s Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach in 2018-2019. During his time at City, the Knights have won the PCAC Championship in 2017 and made the dual team state play offs twice. Mann brings a wealth of experience to the SDCC Men’s Tennis Program, particularly in the realm of doubles coaching. Mann is a USTA High Performance Coach, a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, and Competitive Training Center Coach.

Prior to working at SDCC, Mann played at Foothill College and UC Irvine, where he earned his degree in Computer Science. He went on to play on the professional tour where he was ranked as high as #49 in the world in singles and #19 in doubles in 1973 before an auto accident ended his playing career. Mann has been a full-time teaching professional in both Los Angeles and San Diego for the past twenty-five years. He has worked with several high-performance junior and professional players including: He and his wife, Pat have one son, Dylan, who attended the University of Florida on a tennis scholarship, and two grandchildren.

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” John Wooden