Mike Roberts is in his sixth season as associate head coach on UNCG coach Wes Miller's staff in 2017-18. Roberts has helped the Spartans to double-digit win the past four seasons, including a program-record 25 victories in 2016-17.
Roberts helped the Spartans earn their third Southern Conference regular season championship and the program's first-ever No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament last season. He helped UNCG to a program-record 25-10 overall record and a 14-4 mark in SoCon play.
The 25 wins are the most for UNCG in the 50-year history of men's basketball while the 14 wins are the most for the Spartans in their SoCon history and ties the program record for conference wins in a season. UNCG advanced to the SoCon Tournament Championship game for the third time in program history and the first time since 2005. Roberts aided the Spartans to their second-straight postseason appearance and just the fifth appearance in program history as UNCG earned the SoCon's automatic bid into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Roberts helped center R.J. White earn All-Southern Conference honors three times in his career and finish eighth all-time in scoring with 1,460 points and fourth in rebounds with 878 caroms. White was the league's dominant post player during his final two years, including ranking 11th in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage in 2015-16 (61.6%).
In 2015-16, Roberts helped the Spartans finish with a 15-19 campaign last year. The 15 victories were the highest since the 2007-08 season while the Spartans' 10-8 record in SoCon play matched their win total in the league from 2011-12. He helped UNCG to just its fourth postseason appearance in program history as the Spartans took part in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), advancing to the quarterfinals. UNCG picked up its first-ever postseason win in program history with a 69-65 win over Houston Baptist at home at the Greensboro Coliseum. He coached All-SoCon performer Kayel Locke, who went on to start for KB Bushkimi Prizren- Kosovo in Europe.
Roberts helped UNCG picked up just its second victory all-time against an ACC opponent in 2013-14 with a win at Virginia Tech, its first over the ACC since 2007. He guided former standout Kyle Cain earn All-SoCon accolades during his one year on campus, averaging 15.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Cain was named Second Team All-Region in 2014 before heading overseas to continue his career professionally.
During his coaching career, Roberts was the position coach for three NBA draft picks, including Ryan Anderson to the Orlando Magic in 2008 (21st pick), Devon Hardin to the Seattle Supersonics in 2008 (50th pick) and Arsalan Kazemi to the Washington Wizards in 2013 (54th pick).
Roberts has coached 10 different players who played professionally in 2016-17. Aside from Anderson in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Roberts' former players played professionally included Max Zhang (Shanghai Sharks, China), Kazemi (Niroo Zamini, Iran), Jamal Boykin (Braunsweig, Germany), Harper Kamp (Eisbaren Bremerhaven, Germany), Suleiman Braimoh (Enisey, Russia), Omar Oraby (Gezira, Egypt), Chris Eversley (Rheinstars Koln, Germany), Cain (St. Vallier, France) and Locke (KB Bushkimi Prizren, Kosovo).
Roberts came to UNCG after four years as an assistant coach at Rice under head coach Ben Braun. Roberts also served two years on Braun's staff at California from 2006-08.
The Owls improved in each of the last three seasons with Roberts on staff, culminating in a 19-16 record in 2011-12, the program's first winning season since 2005. The 19 wins were also a program high since the 2004-05 campaign.
Rice participated in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, winning two games to reach the CIT quarterfinals. A first-round win over Louisiana-Lafayette marked the Owls' first postseason win since a first-round victory in the 1993 NIT.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech under Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight after wrapping up his playing career at Indiana. The 2005 graduate helped the Hoosiers to three NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT berth and was a member of IU's 2002 NCAA runner-up squad. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2005, when he was a team captain.
Prior to Indiana, Roberts played at South Eugene High School in Oregon before attending the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.
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