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, who was honored as the 2017 and 2018 ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year, is in his fifth season as the head coach at Utah and has returned the program to its winning ways.
Brateanu guided Utah to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years in 2018. Utah finished with a 19-10 record last season for its most wins since 1989, including the best non-conference record in school history of 17-2. The Utes peaked at No. 24 in the ITA national rankings, making their first appearance in the Top 25 in over three decades.
The Utes’ 53-30 record since 2016 is the best three-season mark for the program since the early 1980s. The U. has won 10 ITA Regional Awards and placed five student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Conference teams under Brateanu. Academically, the team posted a record-setting 3.54 GPA in 2016-17. Utah placed a program-best seven student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams in 2017-18.
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.
Sten Van Beurden is in his first season as the Utes' associate head coach. A native of the Netherlands, Van Beurden, comes to Utah with years of successful collegiate and ATP Tour coaching experience. He was a Davis Cup captain for Indonesia in 2009.
On the tour, Van Beurden was a full time traveling coach for several top 200 players, including 2004 NCAA singles champion Benjamin Becker (No. 35 ATP), 2005 NCAA singles champion Benedikt Dorsch (No. 127 ATP) and Romanian national champion Marius Copil (No. 73 ATP).
He served as a hitting partner for multiple international tennis players, including 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek (No. 4 in the ATP) and 2003 French Open finalist Martin Verkerk (No. 14 ATP).
As a collegiate coach, Van Beurden was an assistant men's coach at Georgia State from 2000-01 before taking over as the head coach from 2001-02. After his stint at Georgia State, Van Beurden was an assistant at Baylor from 2002-03.
Possibly his biggest accomplishment of his career was to guide both Francisco Bahamonde and Manuel Pena Lopez to top-20 ITF World Junior Rankings, and guiding Bahamonde to become the youngest player in ATP history to win points at age 14.
Sten and his wife Tatiana have two sons, Valentin (13) and Timo (11).
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.
Matt Cowley is Utah's first director of tennis operations. Cowley assists the men's and women's tennis teams and helps manage the George S. Eccles Tennis Center under supervision of head men's tennis coach Roeland Brateanu.
Cowley previously served as the assistant men's tennis coach at BYU, a position he held for one season as the Cougars finished a program-best third place in the West Coast Conference. Cowley played No. 1 singles and doubles at Utah and graduated from the U. in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was the first player in program history to receive Pac-12 All Academic status three consecutive years.
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 associate head 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.
Director of Sports Science
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Director of Sports Nutrition
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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Utah posted an overall record of 19-10, climbed as high as No. 24 in the national rankings, and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 1997 last season. With eight players returning from that team and three talented newcomers coming in, the Utes have reasons to believe they can make it to NCAAs for a second consecutive year.
Senior Dan Little held the No. 1 position in singles last year, earning Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic recognition. Little posted 17 singles wins in dual meet action and was slotted at the No. 3 position in doubles. David Micevski spent last season at No. 2 spot in singles and earned 15 dual wins. Micevski was named the 2018 ITA Mountain Region Player to Watch and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic.
Joe Woolley, who eared second-team Pac-12 All-Academic, notched 11 singles wins in dual matches and 12 wins at the No. 1 and No 2 doubles. Junior Slava Shainyan was named first-team Pac-12 All-Academic and won the singles title at the Utah Intercollegiate.
Azat Hankuliyev achieved Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and played with Little at No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Randy Cory played at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and sophomore Chase Stoner was successful in tournament play. Russell Benkaim played primarily at the No. 6 singles and was paired with Cory at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Three freshmen have joined the Utah roster. Mathias Gavelin, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Gavelin was a U21 national champion who was ranked as high as No. 3 in the Swedish junior rankings. Paul McCallie comes to Utah from Atlanta, Ga. McCallie is a four star-recruit and was ranked as high as No. 27 in the USTA National Rankings. RJ Parker, who comes from Bountiful, Utah, is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Utah and is a four-star recruit.