Utah’s Ben Tasevac Named ITA Scholar Athlete

Ben Tasevac, ITA Scholar Athlete

Ben Tasevac, ITA Scholar Athlete

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah men’s tennis player Ben Tasevac has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete for his accomplishments in the classroom during the 2013-2014 school year.

Tasevac is originally from Bosnia but attended Skyline High School. He garnered his second ITA Scholar-Athlete award after earning a 3.62 GPA while majoring in exercise and sports science

In the spring, Tasevac became the first Ute in program history to earn First Team All-Academic Pac-12 status. He was also recently awarded the prestigious Tom Hansen Conference Medal which is given to each Pac-12 member institution’s outstanding senior student-athlete based on the greatest combination of scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Tasevac was 48-36 in his Ute career in singles and 25-22 in doubles. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 25, 2014. His biggest win this season was an upset of No. 55-ranked Maciek Romanowicz of Stanford. As a junior, he twice strung together six-match win streaks and reached the singles quarterfinal round of the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament and the singles round of 64 at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships. During his freshman season, he defeated 24th-ranked Abdullah Hashem of San Diego.

Tasevac was also a member of Utah’s SAAC and Student-Athlete Mentor Program.

In order to earn ITA Scholar Ahtlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or better for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

 

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Pride of the Pac-12: Ben Tasevac and Mary Beth Lofgren

Congrats to recently graduated Ben Tasevac of Utah Men’s Tennis and Mary Beth Lofgren of Utah Gymnastics!

“Mary Beth Lofgren and Ben Tasevac achieved an outstanding combination of scholarship, athletics and leadership during their time at Utah. In turn, the Pac-12 honored the two with the Tom Hansen Conference Medal, awarded annually to the each Pac-12 school’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete.” – The University of Utah Athletics

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Tasevac, Lofgren Win Pac-12 Medal

Utah gymnast Mary Beth Lofgren and tennis player Ben Tasevac were announced today as recipients of the prestigious Tom Hansen Conference Medal. A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each Pac-12 member institution’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the greatest combination of scholarship, athletics and leadership.

The 24 Tom Hansen Medal recipients from around the conference will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks’ Pride of the Pac special on Tuesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. MT.

Lofgren, a first-team All-American on the balance beam, helped Utah reach the NCAA Championships all four years of her career, including two Super Six appearances. She started on three events (vault, beam and floor) as a senior on Utah’s 2014 Pac-12 Championship team. Lofgren earned 11 victories in her career and hit 94% of her routines as a Ute (121-129). A four-time academic all-conference selection and a NACGC Scholar All-American, Lofgren was also a member of Utah’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) all four years and she represented Utah at the 2012 Pac-12 SAAC Conference. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education with a 3.885 cumulative GPA in May and is applying to nursing school.

Tasevac was 48-36 in his Ute career in singles and 25-22 in doubles. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 25, 2014. His biggest win this season was an upset of No. 55-ranked Maciek Romanowicz of Stanford. As a junior, he twice strung together six-match win streaks and reached the singles quarterfinal round of the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament and the singles round of 64 at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships. During his freshman season, he defeated 24th-ranked Abdullah Hashem of San Diego. Tasevac was a 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and a member of Utah’s SAAC and Student-Athlete Mentor Program. He has a 3.63 cumulative GPA exercise and sport science and is scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2014.

Conference medal winners have been named every year since 1961. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.Tas

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Daniel Pollock Joins Ute Coaching Staff

Daniel Pollock joins the Ute coaching staff effective immediately

Daniel Pollock joins the Ute coaching staff effective immediately

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men’s tennis team announced Friday the hiring of Daniel Pollock as Assistant Coach. After serving in the same role at BYU for the past two seasons, Pollock will join the Ute coaching staff effective immediately.

“I’m honored to have coach Pollock join our coaching staff. He is a born winner, a great recruiter and shares my passion and philosophy on tennis and coaching. He has improved every program that he has been a part of and is a great fit to help our program improve in the Pac-12 and on the national stage,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “I know that hiring coach Pollock will cause some waves in the community, but I’m convinced that once they get to know him and see him for the coach and person he is, he will be welcomed into the Ute family with open arms.”

Born and raised in Manchester, United Kingdom, Pollock played collegiate tennis for a year at Anderson University (2003-2004) before transferring to the University of Hawaii at Hilo (2004-2007), where he was named to the All-Pacific West Conference team in 2006 and 2007, while his team was ranked as high as #27 in the nation. He is an ITA West Region and National Winner of the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership for on-court achievements, academics, and community service. At Hawaii-Hilo Pollock earned a Bachelors Degree in Health and Physical Education with Highest Honors (4.0 GPA) and was named Scholar Athlete of the Year twice.

He continued his education and started his coaching career at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a Masters Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology. Serving as the Assistant Men’s Coach from 2007-2009. he led the team to the two most successful seasons in program history, finishing as the Horizon League runners up in the regular season and tournament championships in both years. He coached 7 All-Conference players and helped Bastian Harbo to the most successful season in program history with 27 wins.

Pollock returned to the University of Hawaii at Hilo serving as the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach for one season, where he was named the ITA West Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010.

In August of 2010 he started a new adventure at the University of Idaho serving as the Assistant Men’s Coach during the 2010-2011 season and as the Head Women’s Coach from June 2011 through December 2012. During his tenure at Idaho, both teams had record performances. On the men’s side the Vandals reached their highest national ranking in program history at No. 46, while Marius Cristea ranked a program high No. 56 in the ITA National Rankings. Pollock also assisted Lachlan Reed to win a program record of 31 victories in a single season.

On the women’s side, in his first job as a head coach, Pollock inherited a team with only three players mid-summer, but ended up leading a team full of freshmen and sophomores to a 19-8 record, which to date marks as the second highest win percentage in school history. His team had marque wins over Houston, BYU and Kansas, while six of seven student-athletes earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status. During his tenure at Idaho, Pollock earned a PhD (ABD – All But Dissertation) in Exercise Physiology.

Pollock most recently worked as an Assistant Coach for the men’s tennis team at BYU for the past two years, guiding the Cougars to a high national ranking of No. 30 and a team NCAA tournament appearance in 2013. During that same season he helped Patrick Kawka and the doubles tandem of Kawka and Francis Sergeant to No. 1 rankings in the ITA Mountain Region in singles and doubles respectively.

Coach Pollock is a published author in the areas of exercise physiology and sports psychology.

“I would like to thank Coach Brateanu and the University of Utah athletics administration for giving me this great opportunity at such an exciting time for Utah athletics,” said Coach Pollock, ” The university provides students with a world class academic environment, and I look forward to assisting Coach Brateanu in providing an equally world class tennis experience for our student-athletes.  We both share similar coaching philosophies and visions for taking the program to new heights in the PAC-12 Conference, the ITA Mountain Region, and on the national tennis scene.  I can’t wait to hit the recruiting trail over summer and share what an amazing opportunity the University of Utah offers for it’s student athletes, and I am thoroughly excited to hit the court with the team when they return for the fall semester. Go Utes!”

Welcome to the U, Coach Pollock!

 

 

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Four Utes Receive Academic Honors

Ben Tasevac

Ben Tasevac

The University of Utah men’s tennis team recently received the academic reports for it’s players from the Spring 2014 semester. Four Utes were awarded academic honors from the University and athletic department.

Graduating Senior Ben Tasevac made the Athletics Academic Honor Role (GPA 3.00 and above) and the University of Utah Dean’s List (GPA 3.5 and above). Tasevac recorded a 3.712 GPA during last semester, and he graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Ben also won the team’s Most Academic Award for the second consecutive year.

Rising Junior Matt Cowley, Redshirt Freshman David-Papis Elon, and Rising Senior Cedric Willems also earned places on the Athletics Academic Honor Role. Congrats Utes for your accomplishments on the court and in the classroom!

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Ben Tasevac Wins Team’s Most Academic Award

Ben Tasevac, Winner of the Most Academic Award

Ben Tasevac, Winner of the Most Academic Award

The University of Utah men’s tennis team announced Tuesday that graduating Senior Ben Tasevac has won the team’s Most Academic Award for the second consecutive year.

“Congratulations to Ben for yet again a stellar season on and off the court,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Ben has put a lot of work into his education and is very deserving of the team’s Most Academic Award. We wish him all the best in his search for a medical school to his liking. He will become a great doctor one day.”

The team’s Most Academic Award is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA over the academic year. Tasevac boasted a 3.715 GPA during the 2013/14 academic year and has graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. In late May, Ben became the first Ute in program history to earn First Team All-Academic Pac-12 status.

Tasevac joined the team in 2011 as a 2-star walk-on recruit and worked his way up into the starting lineup. In 2013 he earned an 18-7 (23-10 overall) record from the No. 6 position, with wins over USC, Cal, Arizona, Oregon and Washington earning him the team’s MVP award. In 2014 he went 15-14 from mainly the No. 2 position and had one, unfinished, stint at No. 1 singles against Cal Poly. He earned wins over Stanford, Oregon, Arizona and clinched matches over BYU, New Mexico and Nebraska.

Academically, Tasevac has led the team the past two academic school years with the highest GPA, earning him ITA Scholar Athlete status twice. He has taken the MCAT and is preparing to apply for medical school. Good luck in your future studies and keep up the great work, Ben!

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