Roeland Brateanu, a former player at Utah under head coach F.D. Robbins, enters his fifth season as the Utes' assistant coach.
Brateanu became a Ute in 2002 after transferring from the University of Arizona. During his stint at Utah, Brateanu played No. 1 singles and doubles. In 2004, he was selected to the all-Mountain West Conference singles and doubles teams. He was also named to the all-conference doubles team in 2003.
As a senior, Brateanu was chosen team captain and served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for Utah men's tennis. He was the regional winner of the prestigious Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award in 2004, while also earning Team MVP honors. Brateanu has also picked up numerous academic awards as a player including academic all-conference honors and a spot on the Athletic Director's honor roll. He was named to the Communication Department's Dean's List in 2003 and `04. Additionally Brateanu is a Bigger Faster Stronger certified strength and conditioning coach and clinician.
A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Brateanu graduated from Utah in 2004 with a B.S. in mass communications. After graduating, he worked at Bigger Faster Stronger, putting on strength and conditioning clinics for high school athletes and coaches. Brateanu also spoke at leadership and team building seminars.
In 2006, Brateanu moved to Guatemala and was a private coach for two junior talents, leading each to a No. 1 ranking in their respective age groups. Before accepting the assistant coach position at Utah, Brateanu was also part of the coaching staff for the Guatemalan Fed Cup Team. The team attained its best result with a fifth-place finish in the America's Zone Group II.
Brateanu has also had an advising role to the Guatemalan Tennis Federation and Guatemalan Olympic Committee. During his time in Guatemala he trained over 100 athletes ranging from race car drivers to tennis players, from soccer players to swimmers and two world karate champions. Brateanu is married to Astrid Paredes.