Dave Pia, the legendary head coach of the William Floyd Colonials girls’ and boys’ varsity tennis program, is one of the most respected coaches in the history of high school tennis on Long Island. Coach Pia is a two-time United States Tennis Association Coach of the Year and has led the Colonials girls’ varsity tennis team to the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons, an amazing feat for any program. Coach Pia also led the girls’ program to a Suffolk County Championship in 2014, an amazing run which included sweeping four prep opponents and an upset victory in the finals over the vaunted Half Hollow Hills East team which snapped a 69-match winning streak for HHHE.
Coach Pia also earned the Newsday “Girls’ Long Island Tennis Coach of the Year” honor in 2014. He has also coached the boys’ varsity tennis team to the playoffs eight times in the previous 10 years. His tennis preparation is unrivaled, he works year-round which includes a co-ed summer camp for children as young as third grade all the way up to college-level players looking to improve their games. The camp also focuses on student-athletes developing and improving their tennis fundamentals, which include serving, groundstrokes, volleys and doubles play. He also focuses on tennis conditioning exercises and strength training. His student-athletes regularly earn All-Division, All-League, All-County and All-State honors, and many go on to successful careers at the college level.
Girls' varsity tennis: 2002 to present (18 seasons): Record 234-83
Boys' varsity tennis: 2007 to present (13 seasons): Record 121-71
Career highlights include: 2014 Suffolk County Champion; two-time county finalist; six-time semifinalist; two-time quarterfinalist; six division titles; six Section XI Big 4 Championships and eight League titles. Two-time US Tennis Association Suffolk County Coach of the Year (only one of two coaches in Suffolk history to win the award twice); Newsday "Long Island Coach of the Year" for 2014; eight-time Suffolk County League "Coach of the Year;" 40-game match league winning streak in girls' tennis (2012-2015); and 17 consecutive playoff appearances (girls' tennis).