“Sten and I have known each other for well over 25 years and I have always admired his career with great respect and admiration,” Brateanu said. “Besides being an impeccable coach, his record speaks for itself, he is an unbelievable person that believes in doing things the right way. There aren’t many people that have a more positive energy and passion for life than Sten. I couldn’t be more proud to start working alongside him and would like to welcome him, Tati and the boys to our Utah family.”
Van Beurden, who is a native of the Netherlands, comes to Utah with years of successful coaching experience at both the collegiate level and on the ATP World Tour. He was also a Davis Cup captain for Indonesia in 2009.
On the tour, Van Beurden was a full time traveling coach for several athletes ranked in the top-200 in the world, including the 2004 NCAA singles champion, Benjamin Becker (No. 35 ATP), the 2005 NCAA singles champion Benedikt Dorsch (No. 127 ATP) and Romanian national champion Marius Copil (No. 73 ATP).
He also served as a hitting partner for multiple international tennis players during his time on the ATP Tour, 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. At the helm, he led the team to a top-50 national ranking along with earning Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.
After his stint at Georgia State, Van Beurden was an assistant at Baylor from 2002-03, coaching the Bears to a 28-2 record, a Big 12 Regular Season and Tournament Championships and a No. 2 ranking in the country.
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 two ATP points at age 14.
Van Beurden played one year of collegiate tennis at Alabama before becoming a professional. He went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Amsterdam and completed his MBA in corporate finance from Georgia State.
Since his time with the ATP Tour, Van Beurden has been based out of Mendoza, Argentina where he lives with his wife, Tatiana, and two sons, Valentin (13) and Timo (11).