Mike Roberts is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Rice University staff. He previously was a member of Ben Braun's staff at the University of California the previous two years.
At Rice, Roberts has played a role in the Owls building a foundation for the future. As a member of the coaching staff, he helped the Owls sign an initial recruiting class that both ESPN.com and Rivals.com recognized as one of the Top 10 among mid-major universities. That recruiting success has continued during his tenure.
During Roberts' first season on South Main, Rice more than tripled its win total from the previous year.
Last year the Owls posted a 14-18 record, marking the most wins by a Rice team since the 2006-07 season and the team doubled its total conference wins from the previous three combined seasons. Along the way, the Owls beat LSU and TCU in back-to-back games, swept cross-town rival Houston for the first time since 1993 and posted their first series win over a Memphis team which would advance to the NCAA Tournament.
At Cal, Roberts served as the video coordinator for the 2006-07 season before assuming an assistant coach position for the 2007-08 season.
As an assistant coach on the Cal staff, Roberts was responsible for overseeing the team's academic program and recruiting as well as scouting and game preparation in addition to on-floor coaching. As video coordinator, Roberts was involved in game preparation, self scouting, game film breakdown and other administrative duties.
Prior to his two seasons in Berkeley, Roberts played at Indiana, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in history with a certificate in management, then served one season as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native helped the Hoosiers to three NCAA Tournaments, including a national runner-up finish in 2002, as well as one NIT appearance. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and recipient of a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, he served as a team captain as a senior in 2004-05.
At Texas Tech, Roberts aided the coaching staff in practices, supervised academic progress of the student-athletes and was an analyst for Texas Tech radio and television broadcasts. He also participated in the 2006 ESPN production "Knight School," in which the Texas Tech coaching staff evaluated 16 walk-ons who vied for one spot on the Red Raiders' roster.
In addition to receiving his bachelor's degree from Indiana in 2005, Roberts received a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech in 2006.
Roberts and his wife, Janet, have a son, Paxton (two).
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