Dec. 18, 2013
"We are thrilled to have Coach Roberts join our program,” Gyulai said. “He is one of the top up and coming young coaches in the country. He has coached several nationally ranked teams and players, won conference championships, and had multiple NCAA appearances. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise and passion for college tennis."
Roberts was hired as the head women’s tennis coach at UTEP in June of 2012. Previously he spent four years at UNLV, serving as an assistant coach from 2008-12. As head coach, Roberts helped turn around a struggling program (eight wins combined the previous two seasons) as he guided the Miners to 12 wins in 2013. He also orchestrated UTEP’s first undefeated home record (6-0) since 2004.
Roberts tutored his first all-conference player as a head coach in Rebeca Calvillo as she was named to the All-Conference USA third team. During his tenure at UNLV, Roberts helped the Rebels make NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011, advancing to the second round in 2010, and won Mountain West Conference regular season title in 2009 and 2011.
For his efforts at UNLV, Roberts was chosen the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
UNLV has enjoyed equal success academically over the last four years, including garnering an ITA Scholar-Athlete Status Team Award in 2010 for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better.
Prior to his stint in Las Vegas, Roberts worked as a tennis teaching professional in Illinois and Pennsylvania for four years (2004-08).
Following a standout collegiate playing career at New Mexico State, Roberts began his excursion into coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. During his playing career with the Aggies, Roberts played no. 1 singles and doubles and was team captain in his lone year with the team (2002-03). Prior to New Mexico State, he played at Boise State for two and a half years (2000-02), qualifying for NCAAs in doubles with a national ranking of 23 as a junior. Roberts was named team MVP his sophomore year while equaling the school record for singles victories (31).
Roberts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from NMSU in May of 2004, graduating with honors. He added a Masters of Science in Sport & Leisure Services Management from UNLV in 2012.
“I am very happy to be joining the SMU tennis staff,” Roberts said. “I highly respect coach Gyulai and think she is doing an outstanding job with her student-athletes. I am excited and looking forward to helping Coach Gyulai and the team in becoming as successful as possible.”
SMU begins its spring season on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 when it hosts Stephen F. Austin at 5:00 p.m. in Dallas.