SALT LAKE CITY - It is a bitter sweet day for Utah men's tennis today with associate head coach Daniel Pollock
announcing that he has accepted the position of head coach for men's tennis at Butler University.
Pollock has been a part of the Utah family since 2014 and has been key in Utah's success in recent years.
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate coach Pollock on becoming the new head coach at Butler University," Utah head coach Roeland Brateanu
said. "Four years ago we started our adventure together and I cherish our accomplishments and the friendship that we have developed over the years."
"Second, a big congratulations to Bulldog nation for hiring one of the best young coaches in the country. I have no doubt that coach Pollock will do a fantastic job in Indianapolis and bring Butler back to national prominence. He will be dearly missed in Salt Lake City."
Pollock was the 2018 ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year after he helped the Utes to an undefeated season in the Mountain Region (12-0). The Utes finished the 2018 season 19-10 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.
"Although I am excited for the new challenge that lies ahead of me at Butler, it's definitely a bittersweet moment," Pollock said. "These players, this coaching staff, and the University of Utah have become like a family to me over the last four years, and the decision to leave was far from easy."
"I am proud of how far we've come as a group, and I'm excited for the future of Utah tennis. A special thanks to coach Roeland Brateanu
for putting faith in me to help lead this program back into the national spotlight, he and coach Graeme Cox
will always be two of my closest friends. The sky is the limit for this program and I can't wait to watch as a fan as it continues to thrive."
The 2018 season was full of accomplishments as the Utes received their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the Mountain Region. During his time with Utah, the Utes have had at least one athlete earn All-Pac-12 each season and have had multiple athletes earn regional ITA awards.
Pollock came to Utah after stints at BYU, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Hawaii at Hilo and University of Idaho.