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, honored as the ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year three straight years from 2017-19, is in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater and has returned the program to its winning ways.
Prior to the shortened 2020 season due to COVID-19, Brateanu had led the Utes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. They had also claimed No. 1 in the Mountain Region rankings and earned a spot in the final ITA/Oracle rankings in three of the last four seasons. The Utes' 82-47 record since 2016 is the best five-season mark for the program since the early 1980s.
Brateanu guided a young Utah squad in 2020 to a 12-5 finish before the remainder of the season was cancelled. The Utes were 9-3 against Mountain Region opponents. Brateanu guided Franco Capalbo to the ITA Mountain Region Freshman of the Year award.
In 2019, Utah won 17 matches, earned the No. 1 final ranking in the ITA Mountain Region and ranked 42nd nationally. Dan Little became the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Championships in singles play since 2007 and the first to advance to the second round since 1997.
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. The Utes peaked at No. 24 in the ITA national rankings, making their first appearance in the Top 25 in over three decades. Utah also made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years.
In his six seasons at the helm, the U has won 13 ITA Regional Awards, 10 Pac-12 All-Conference selections and seven ITA Mountain Region end of year awards. Academically, the program earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2020 for posting an APR score in the top-10 percent of its sport after recording the fifth-straight perfect mark. The team had a record-setting 3.54 GPA in 2016-17. Utah landed 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 accolades under his guidance, including Little earning the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year Award in 2019. Brateanu has also coached a Conference Player of the Year on two occasions, an ITA Regional Player to Watch two times, and the ITA Region Most Improved Player twice. Brateanu has coached four Davis Cup players at the U. In his final year before becoming Utah's head coach, he earned 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 third season as the Utes' associate head coach. A native of the Netherlands, Van Beurden, came to Utah with years of successful collegiate and ATP Tour coaching experience. He was a Davis Cup captain for Indonesia in 2009.
He was integral in helping the Utes to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019 with Dan Little becoming the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Division I Singles Championships.
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 (14) and Timo (12).
Graeme Cox, a former player at Utah, is back with men's tennis staff as a volunteer assistant. Cox is entering his 22nd season overall after serving in different capacities throughout his time at the U.
Cox, one of Utah's all-time leaders in singles wins, served two stints as a full time assistant coach with the Utes. 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.
Erin Anderson is in her second season as the Director of Operations for the men's and women's tennis programs.
Anderson graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Sports Management. The Salt Lake City native grew up playing competitive softball, as well as participating in many other sports. Prior to joining the Utah men's and women's tennis staff, Anderson had previously spent time working in collegiate athletics at Snow College, Southern Virginia University, and BYU. She also has worked with Rookie League Minor League Baseball. Anderson enjoys history, the outdoors, and visiting new places.
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 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.
Strength & Conditioning
Director of Sports Science
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 short-lived 2020 season, the Utes are ready to return to the courts and make the 2021 season one to remember. The squad had 10 matches left to complete in the regular season, along with the Pac-12 Championships, before the year was abruptly ended. Utah finished with a 12-5 overall record and went 9-3 against Mountain Region opponents.
Roeland Brateanu, heading into his seventh season directing the program, is a three-time ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year. He looks to lead Utah to its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament. Five veterans return in 2021, including Franco Capalbo, who was the 2020 ITA Mountain Region Freshman of the Year. Capalbo immediately stepped into the No. 1 position for singles and No. 2 position for doubles. He recorded an 8-5 overall dual record in singles, which included a 7-3 record at the top singles spot.
Moscow, Russia, native Slava Shainyan enters his fifth season on the squad. Last year, Shainyan was team captain and finished with a team-best 13-2 overall record in singles, including a 9-1 record at No. 3 position and against Mountain Region opponents.
Randy Cory played at No. 1 doubles spot in 2020 and finished with a No. 37 ranking in the ITA/Oracle doubles polls with his partner. He posted a 12-4 overall dual record in doubles, which included winning 11-straight matches from late January to late February. Sophomore Mathias Gavelin compiled an 11-4 singles record last year, playing primarily at No. 4 position. He recorded eight singles wins against Mountain Region opponents.
Rounding out the returners, Rian Ta , a four-star recruit at time of commitment to Utah, won four singles matches and recorded doubles wins over Montana State and Southern Utah at the Utah Invitational.
The Utes welcome four new players for the 2021 season. Francisco Bastias joins the team for his repeat sophomore year after spending his first two college seasons at Miami. Bastias recorded a 10-1 finish in singles play as well as 10-2 in doubles during the 2020 season, finishing with a No. 56 rank in the ITA doubles poll. Geronimo Espin Busleiman spent his freshman season with Oral Roberts, where he played at No. 1 position for both singles with an 8-2 record and doubles with an 11-1 record.
Bruno Krenn, a five-star recruit from Calabasas, Calif., begins his freshman season. Krenn was ranked No. 51 in the nation at the time of his commitment, and knocked off the No. 2 ranked recruit in the 2020 class at the Easter Bowl ITA Tennis Championships in March 2019. Chris Heck recently signed with Utah in November. He is a two-time Canadian national champion in doubles in U12 and U14 and was a two-time finalist in singles at the national championships.