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

rbrateanu@huntsman.utah.edu

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.

Staff

Daniel Pollock

Associate Head Coach

dpollock@huntsman.utah.edu

Daniel Pollock, named the 2018 ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year, is in his fifth season on the Utah staff, currently serving as the associate head coach. He has helped lead the Utes to 53 wins the last three years and the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Before coming to the U., Pollock was an assistant coach at BYU for two seasons. Pollock’s BYU 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

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


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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Strength & Conditioning/Sports Medicine

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Burbidge Academics Center

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Tradition

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

2017-18 Recap

The Ute men’s tennis team earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in 21 years in 2018. Utah finished with a 19-10 record for its most wins since 1989, including the best non-conference record in school history of 17-2.

Utah peaked at No. 24 in the ITA national rankings in 2018, making their first appearance in the Top 25 in over three decades. The Utes went undefeated against competition in the state of Utah and the region.

Rising senior Dan Little earned All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention for the second consecutive year and made the All-Pac-12 Academic second team. Little finished as Utah’s highest ranked singles player (No. 2 in region, No. 80 nationally).

Rising senior David Micevski, who earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention the previous two years, was named the 2018 ITA Mountain Region Player to Watch. Senior co-captain Egbert Weverink won the 2018 ITA Mountain Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award. He also became the second Ute in program history to earn Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors in consecutive seasons.

Slava Shainyan, a rising junior from Russia, earned first team Pac-12 All-Academic honors and won the singles title at the Utah Intercollegiate. Joe Woolley, who made the Pac-12 All-Academic second team, has developed into one of Utah’s best doubles players as he and Little advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Regional.

Santiago Sierra represented Mexico in Davis Cup play before having issues with his shoulder that required off-season surgery. He was voted onto the Pac-12 All-Academic second team. Azat Hankuliyev achieved All-Pac-12 Academic honorable mention status.

Fifth-year head coach Roeland Brateanu was named the 2018 Wilson/ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year for a second-straight season. Dan Pollack was honored as the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Utes were recognized for their work off the court as one of seven schools across the nation to earn an ITA Community Service Award.