Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis program announced that Matt Cowley will become their new Director of Tennis Operations effective immediately. Cowley becomes the first Director of Tennis Operations in the history of the program. In his new role Cowley will assist the men’s and women’s tennis teams and will help manage the George S. Eccles Tennis Center under supervision of head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu.
“Part of our tremendous growth here at the University of Utah is the addition of a Director of Tennis Operations and Matt Cowley is the perfect fit for that job,” said Coach Brateanu. “He knows the ins and outs of the tennis community and our tennis program and his coaching experience at BYU have prepared him in a tremendous way to help propel Utah tennis to the next level.”
Cowley recently resigned from his position as the assistant men’s tennis coach at BYU, a position he held for one season in which the Cougars finished a program best 3rd in the West Coast Conference.
Prior to his coaching stint in Provo, Cowley played No. 1 singles and doubles at the University of Utah and graduated from the U in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. During his tenure at Utah, Cowley was the first Ute in program history to receive Pac-12 All Academic status three consecutive years.
In 2016, during his senior year, Cowley was named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player, while he was also All Pac-12 Honorable Mentioned for his performances on the court. For his achievements in the classroom he named to the All Pac-12 Academic First Team and honored by the ITA as a Scholar Athlete.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cowley comes from a rich Utah tennis history as both his uncle and his grandfather played for the U. Prior to becoming a Ute, Cowley won a state championship at No. 1 singles competing for Woods Cross.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater,” said a humbled Cowley. “I would like to thank the search committee for giving me this opportunity and look forward to helping Coach Iandolo and Coach Brateanu raise Utah tennis to new heights.”