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 sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater and has returned the program to its winning ways.
After guiding Utah to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years in 2018, Brateanu orchestrated a repeat performance in 2019. The Utes’ 70-42 record since 2016 is the best four-season mark for the program since the early 1980s.
Last season, Utah won 17 matches and earned the No. 1 final ranking in the ITA Mountain Region for the second consecutive year. The Utes were ranked 42nd nationally, marking the third time in the last four seasons the team has been in the ITA rankings at season’s end. 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./p>
The U has won 12 ITA Regional Awards and placed six 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 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 second 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.
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, a former player at Utah, returned to the men's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. This is his 21st season with the Utes.
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.
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 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
Strength & Conditioning
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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Utah made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, earned a No. 1 final ranking in the ITA Mountain Region, and finished at No. 42 in the national rankings last season.
The Utes finished 17-12 in dual match play with head coach Roeland Brateanu earning ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year for the third straight season and outgoing senior Dan Little being named the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year. Little was the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Championships in singles since 2007 and the first to advance to the second round in the bracket since 1997.
Utah also had a pair of players earn top-100 final rankings with Little earning a No. 45 ranking and fellow senior David Micevski coming it at No. 93. It was the first time the U had two players earn final top-100 rankings in the same season since 2012. Both made the All-Pac-12 team with Little landing on the second team and Micevski earning honorable mention.
Little finished the season with 15 dual match wins, including six over ranked opponents at the No. 1 singles position. He was ranked in the final regional top 20 all four years of his career, including the top two in each of the last three years.
Micevski played at the No. 2 position and racked up 13 singles wins that included key victories in Pac-12 regular season play, where he went undefeated in his finished matches. He concluded the season with a No. 3 ranking in the Mountain Region for his fourth straight season of being in the final top 10.
Rising senior Slava Shainyan earned a No. 16 overall ranking in the Mountain Region after playing predominantly at the No. 3 singles position. Rising sophomore Russell Benkaim landed at No. 17 in the region after being a consistent force for the Utes on the No. 4 court.
Five Utes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, led by Shainyan, who made the first team for the second straight year.