Our Philosophy

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.

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Head Coach



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

Associate Head Coach


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

volunteer Assistant coach

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

Director of Tennis Operations

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.

High Performance Team

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.

Craig Chelette

Athletic Trainer

Ernie Rimer

Director of Sports Science

Nicole Detling

Sports Psychologist

Scott Willis

Strength & Conditioning

Sarah Green

Academic Advisor

Lauren Jones

Director of Sports Nutrition

Dr. Dave Petron

Team Physician

Dan Little

Team Facilities

Utah men's tennis utilizes some of the finest facilities in the nation.

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George S. Eccles Tennis Center

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Burbidge Academics Center

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Two of Utah's three ITA Hall of Fame members: Jim Osborne (left) and coach Harry James (right).

26 conference championships, dating back to its first in 1928 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

15 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1977 (under the team championship format) with 10 of those teams making it to the Sweet 16. The Utes returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years in 2018.

One NCAA singles champion: Greg Holmes (1983)

Three ITA Hall of Fame members: Harry James, Jim Osbourne and Greg Holmes.

12 All-America awards captured by eight players: Jim Osborne (twice), Jeff Robbins, FD Robbins (twice), Christian Schultes, Dan Bleckinger (twice), Greg Holmes, Kent Crawford (twice), Christian Svensson

77 all-conference selections since 1981. Slim Hamza was named All-Pac-12 three times, while Dan Little and David Micevski were honored twice during Utah’s Pac-12 era since 2012.

25 Utes have combined for 42 ITA Scholar-Athlete awards.

17 student-athletes have earned 31 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in seven years.

Four ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners: Graeme Cox, Brandon Owen, Roeland Brateanu and Egbert Weverink.

Six Conference Player of the Year awards.

Four Conference Coach of the Year accolades.

Two ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year awards won by Roeland Brateanu (2017 and 2018).

Utah's Greatest Fun Facts

Greg Holmes owned the record for longest match played in Wimbledon history before the epic Isner-Mahut match in 2010.

FD Robbins was a part of the longest match played in U.S. Open history getting a second round win over Dick Dell in 1970.

Jim Osborne won a bronze medal in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in mixed doubles and won five ATP titles in doubles. He was also a member of the 1968 U.S. Davis Cup Team that beat Australia in the finals.

Steve Krulevitz represented Israel in the Davis Cup and captained the team as well.

Frithjof Prydz represented Norway in Davis Cup while also being a national ski champion, representing Norway in the 1972 Winter Olympics.

David Freed was U.S. Davis Cup Team captain from 1960-62

Johan Hoegstedt's brother, Thomas, was a Swedish professional tennis player and coached Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki

Wallace Stegner, an American novelist, environmentalist and historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972, played at Utah in the late 1920s.

Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner played for the Utes in the late 1920s

Utes in the Grand Slams

SINGLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
FD Robbins - - - R32
Jim Osborne R16 R128 R64 R16
Steve Krulevitz R64 R64 R32 R64
Greg Holmes R64 R64    
Dan Bleckinger - - R32 R64
DOUBLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
FD Robbins - - - R64
Jim Osborne QF R16 QF SF
Steve Krulevitz SF R16 R16 R16
Greg Holmes R64 R64 R16 R32
Dan Bleckinger - - R16 -
David Sherbeck - - - R64
MIXED DOUBLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
Jim Osborne R64 - - R32
Steve Krulevitz - QF R64 R16
Greg Holmes - - R16 R32
David Sherbeck - - QF -

Davis Cup Utes

David Freed (captain) – USA

Jim Osborne – USA (Davis Cup Champion)

Steve Krulevitz (player and captain) – Israel

Jon-Erik Ross – Norway

Frithjof Prydz – Norway

John Erik Rustad (player and captain) – Norway

Jean-Marc Arends – Aruba

Benito Suriano – El Salvador

Slim Hamza – Tunisia

David Micevski – Macedonia

Santiago Sierra – Mexico

David Micevski

2018-19 Preview

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.