Utah tennis provides a modern and professional approach to player development on and off the court. Renowned experts in the field of human performance provide individualized programs and detailed feedback to student-athletes, ensuring a comprehensive, scientific and player-oriented model for maximizing athletic and academic success. The unrivaled support system at the University of Utah provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a competitive team environment and challenge the best that college tennis has to offer in the Pac-12 Conference. All this, under the guidance of a young and energetic coaching staff, that has experience coaching at the highest level of professional tennis and a proven track record of player development, driven to prepare players for a career on the ATP Tour.
Roeland Brateanu is in his third season as the head coach at Utah and has returned the program to its winning ways, earning a 17-10 record in 2016 for the program’s best season since 1988.
Brateanu played at the U. from 2002-04, served as the program’s fifth-year student-assistant in 2004, and was an assistant coach from 2007-14.
During his playing and coaching career, Brateanu has worked with numerous ATP and WTA players, most notably serving as a hitting partner for 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, French Open finalist Martin Verkerk, and former world No. 1 player Jennifer Capriati. In 2006, he assisted the Guatemalan Fed Cup and Junior Fed Cup Team to what were record performances at the time.
Upon his return to the U. in 2007 as an assistant coach, Brateanu helped the Utes win their first Mountain West Conference championship in 2008. Utah players have won numerous individual accolades under his guidance, including Conference Player of the Year twice, 2012 Rookie of the Year Slim Hamza, and ITA Most Improved Player on two occasions. Brateanu has also coached four Davis Cup players at the U. He was awarded the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2014.
Brateanu transferred to Utah from Arizona and played two years primarily at No. 1 singles and doubles, earning all-MWC accolades three times. He was named the 2004 ITA Mountain Region Arthur Ashe Award winner.
Daniel Pollock was hired as assistant coach in June 2014 after serving in the same role at BYU for two seasons. At BYU, Pollock’s teams qualified for the NCAA Championships and finished No. 1 in the regional team, singles, and doubles rankings. Prior to BYU, he was the head women’s tennis coach at Idaho, earning the second-best winning percentage in program history and the program’s best team, singles and doubles regional rankings.
Born and raised in Manchester, United Kingdom, Pollock has also coached collegiately at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Hawaii at Hilo, leading both to record setting performances. As a player, Pollock knocked off the No. 4-ranked doubles team in the nation in his first ever collegiate match. He was named to the All-Pacific West Conference Team in 2006 and 2007, competed for an Anderson University team that was ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation while winning a conference championship, and qualified for the for the NCAA Championships with both Anderson and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Pollock has coached over 25 players with ATP and WTA world rankings ranging from guiding players to achieving their first points as professionals to those that have competed at the highest level of the sport.
Graeme Cox, one of Utah’s all-time leaders in singles wins, returned to the U. as a volunteer coach after two stints as a full time assistant coach. He earned the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the year Award in 2007.
As a player, Cox was a member of Utah teams that won the 1990 WAC title and advanced to the ‘90 and ‘91 NCAA Indoor Championships. In 1992, he won the Region VII Sportsmanship Award. Since finishing his Utah career, Cox has won two USTA Golden Balls in singles and is the reigning two-time 40s-and-over Indoor National Champion. He also earned a USTA Silver Ball in doubles, and has won eight Utah State Open Championships in doubles and one in singles.
One of the best players in the Utah program over the past two decades, Slim Hamza was forced to retire during the 2015 season but remains with the Utes as a student assistant coach.
Hamza ranked as high as No. 34 in the nation in his career and is Utah’s first player to earn Pac-12 All-Conference accolades (2012 and 2014). He was Utah’s first player to advance to the round of 16 at the All-American Championships, doing so as a sophomore, and beat every Pac-12 team while playing in the top three of the lineup. In 2012, Hamza was named the ITA Mountain Region Freshman of the Year. He has represented Tunisia in the Davis Cup against Great Britain and Latvia.
The High Performance Team is an initiative of head coach Roeland Brateanu to integrate all facets of the world-class services available to Utah student-athletes into a professional, well-balanced team. Through innovation, expertise, collaboration and communication, the team, led by assistant coach Daniel Pollock, who holds a Ph.D. in Sports Science (ABD), provides individualized care to maximize each student-athlete’s physical and psychological potential, leading to peak performances in the classroom and on the tennis court.
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Two of Utah’s three ITA Hall of Fame members: Jim Osborne (left) and coach Harry James (right).
Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner played for the Utes in the late 1920s
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Entering his third year as the head coach of the Utah men’s tennis program, former Ute player Roeland Brateanu is aiming to have this year’s team reach its full potential and continue its success from fall play. Utah returns a strong core group of players from a squad that went 17-10 last season, its best record since 1988.
“My expectations are very simple: NCAAs,” Brateanu said. “The program hasn’t been there for 20 years. This is the most talented group we’ve had in a while, and they know what my expectations are as well. I think we are very deep. I really believe that every player on the team serves their purpose and serves their roll. With the talent we have this year, it is going to be very productive indeed.”
Brateanu is expecting big things from sophomore David Micevski, sophomore Dan Little, and senior Parker McGuiness this season, and he believes they will be key pieces in the productivity of the team. Micevski earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2016. McGuiness was the team’s MVP in 2015 was joined by Little as an ITA Scholar Athlete last season.
Also expect productive seasons from juniors Santiago Sierra and Egbert Weverink. Sierra went to ITA Mountain Regional semifinals by beating out Micevski, who was the No. 2-seed. In addition to the returning veterans, the Utes have added Joe Wolley, their top recruit from a year ago who becomes eligible, and Russian champion Slava Shainyan.