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, the reigning ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season as the head coach at Utah and has returned the program to its winning ways, earning a 17-10 record in each of the past two seasons and a sixth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference. The 34-20 record is the best two season record for the program since the early 1980s.
In many ways the success of the program over the last three years can be measured in the barrage of individual and team accolades earned. Under Brateanu's tutelage, the U. has won five ITA Regional Awards and added four student-athletes to various Pac-12 All-Conference Teams. Academically, the team set a record 3.54 GPA in 2016-17 and added 14 ITA Scholar Athletes over the past three seasons.
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 joined the Utah staff as an 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.
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 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.
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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After a pair of winning seasons and its first Pac-12 Tournament win since 2014, Utah men's tennis looks to take the next step. With the loss of just one player from its rotation, the Utes will try to make a dent in the powerful "Conference of Champions," a league that placed five teams in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 25.
The top player for the Utes could be junior Dan Little. The London native was nationally ranked headed into the fall season and prevailed in 13 matches last season. David Micevski was the No. 1 player for the Utes a year ago and captured 15 singles victories, including wins against Washington and Arizona. The All-Pac-12 performer from Macedonia competed for the Utes at the ITA All-American Championships and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional last fall.
Slava Shainyan had a solid freshman campaign after arriving from Russia, progressing from the No. 6 position to No. 3 and recording 15 wins by season's end. He won the singles title at the Utah Intercollegiate. Santiago Sierra had eight singles victories for Utah and also represented Mexico in Davis Cup play before having issues with his shoulder that required off-season surgery.
Joe Woolley was another Ute who was able to capture 15 singles victories last season, his first of active competition at the Division I level. Woolley has developed into one of Utah's best doubles players as he and Little advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Regional. Egbert Weverink won the consolation singles title at the ITA Mountain Regional. Without question, the senior co-captain has started the season strong with 10 victories in the fall.