Gagliardi is a USPTA and PTR certified tennis professional with 20 years
of experience. He has been the director at clubs and camps throughout
Connecticut, serving various roles including the honor of directing the
New Balance National High School Tennis Championships at Harvard.
Gagliardi coached collegiately at Sacred Heart University. Prior to that,
he served as an assistant coach for Yale University Men's Tennis, and
as a USTA Coordinator for Connecticut. At the United States Tennis
Association, he coordinated events and programs to promote tennis
with colleges, community groups, and tennis clubs.
A member of the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) as both a tennis professional and coach since 1997, Gagliardi has traveled internationally as a player on futures tour. He played professionally across the U.S., England, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Canada, and Uruguay. At one point, he was the #1 ranked in New England in Doubles. In 2006, he was named the USPTA New England Tennis Professional of the Year. Gagliardi had the opportunity to coach and train world ranked players, as well as participate in the Pilot Pen International tennis tournament as a hitting partner.
At Providence College, Gagliardi started all four years on the tennis team, helping lead the program to the top regional ranking.
After graduating from Providence, Gagliardi began his coaching career at his alma mater, Branford High School, where he was a High School Tennis All-American and three time all State. He helped lead the boy's team to an undefeated season and taught mathematics. Paul resides in Branford with his wife, Julie, and two children, Lillian and Luke.
"I would not be where I am in my competitive tennis career without Paul. He has been instrumental in developing my technique and match play for the last five years. Paul genuinely cares about his players. After almost all of my matches, he calls or texts me to talk about what I need to improve on, as well as congratulate me on my efforts. In times of good or bad, I know I can count on him to instill the confidence in me that most others can't."
- Matt S Georgetown University Class of 2020
"I had the privilege and honor to play Men's Tennis at Sacred Heart University under the guidance of my Coach, Paul Gagliardi. Under his supervision and recommendations, my expectations were greatly surpassed, both athletically and academically and I became Captain of the Team. Paul's knowledge of the game and understanding of the need to balance athletics and academics and encouragement, both on and off the court, provided myself and the team with the tools for success."
-John L.. Sacred Heart Class of 2013. United Mortgage Co. in Melville, N.Y.
" Coach taught me how to perform at an ability I never knew I could reach. For these reasons Mr. Gagliardi garners my respect and ever growing support."
- Chris U. Sacred Heart Class of 2011, New York School of Law
"Coach Gagliardi quickly found the strengths in all of his players and while raising their performance level on the court and took a great interest in their academics. The work ethic I learned from Paul bought me tennis success and full time job in education as well as a love for the sport of tennis."
- J. Harvey Sacred Heart Class 2011