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Roeland Brateanu

 
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Roeland Brateanu is in his sixth season as the head coach at Utah and has returned the program to its winning ways.

Three-time ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year (2017, 2018, 2019) Brateanu has led the Utes to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and No. 1 overall Mountain Region rankings along with earning a spot in the final ITA/Oracle rankings in three of the last four seasons. In his five seasons at the helm, he has seen the Utes notch 10 Pac-12 All-Conference selections and five ITA Mountain Region end of year awards.

In 2018-19, the Utes finished the season 17-12 overall in dual play with Brateanu earning Mountain Region Coach of the Year and senior Dan Little being named Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year. Little became the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships since 2007.

Both Little (2nd team) and David Micevski (honorable mention) earned All-Pac-12 nods after leading the team to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Little went on to break the 90-career singles wins mark in 2019.

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 was the best three-season mark for the program since the early 1980s. 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.