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.
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, 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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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.