Ole Miss went 2-0 on the opening day of the Buffalo Classic including a 3-0 win over Canisius and Siena.
A winner on every level of coaching, Steven McRoberts was hired on Jan. 16, 2014, to take Ole Miss volleyball to the top of the SEC and make it relevant on the national stage.
It's safe to say, the McRoberts Era is off to a good start.
Inheriting a team that had not experienced a winning season in the three years prior, McRoberts led the Rebels to their best record in seven years (22-10) and the best start (14-0) in program history. The Rebels began the year winning four tournament titles and ended the year battling for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss finished 12-4 at home, equaling the most home wins in school history. The Rebels also posted a school-record team hitting percentage in a season (.254).
Several individual accomplishments also highlighted McRoberts first year in Oxford. Nakeyta Clair became the first All-American since Regina Thomas earned back-to-back honors in 2010-11. Clair set the school record for kills in a season with 366 and also earned All-SEC and AVCA All-Region honors. Aubrey Edie set the single season record for assists with 1,322, and Melanie Crow set the single season record for aces with 42. Lexi Thompson had the most kills (323) in a season by a freshman.
Ole Miss' success didn't stop on the court. The Rebels earned a 3.06 grade point average, marking their first 3.00 team GPA in eight semesters. Over 50 percent of the team earned a 3.0 or better, with sophomores Aubrey Edie and Melanie Crow earning Capital One Academic All-District honors. Senior Rachael Weathersby was named to the SEC Community Service Team and a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
A 10-time conference coach of the year, McRoberts boasts a lengthy list of accolades in his 18 years as a head coach at Lubbock Christian University, Central Arkansas, Tulsa and now Ole Miss. He has compiled a career record of 497-173 (.742 winning percentage), including six seasons with 30-plus wins and 17 seasons with 20-plus wins.
At Tulsa, McRoberts compiled a 78-24 record with two Conference USA regular season titles, a Conference USA Tournament Championship and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013, McRoberts coached Tulsa to a 24-7 overall record (12-2 C-USA).
In his second year at Tulsa, McRoberts led the Hurricane to a 26-10 ledger and a 14-2 conference mark. TU won the 2012 C-USA regular season and tournament championship, as the Hurricane made its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament under McRoberts.
In 2011, his first season as head coach of the Golden Hurricane, TU posted a 28-7 overall record, 18-2 in league play, and won the C-USA Championship. He was named C-USA and AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
While leading the Golden Hurricane, McRoberts coached five All-America selections, including the NCAA's career leader in kills during the 25-point rally scoring era, and the school's all-time digs leader. He also coached the C-USA player of the year and the libero of the year in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to his appointment at Tulsa, McRoberts served six years as head coach at the University of Central Arkansas, where he compiled a record of 146-58, and won at least 20 games in five of those seasons. His last two teams won back-to-back Southland Conference regular season titles and posted a 31-1 league mark during that stretch. McRoberts was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He coached the SLC player and setter of the year those three years and also boasted the league freshman of the year in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and the libero of the year in 2009.
In 2013, McRoberts was one of seven coaches named to the Southland Conference All-Time Honor Roll.
Before taking the reins at UCA, McRoberts compiled a 251-82 record during his eight-year tenure at Lubbock Christian University in Texas. His teams won seven conference championships and three region championships in eight years. McRoberts led LCU to its highest national ranking (4th), highest postseason finish (T5th), and most wins in a season (38) and career (251). Six times he was named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and three times he earned Region Coach of the Year honors.
McRoberts received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in social studies and health from Harding (Ark.) University in 1993, and his master's in physical education from Henderson State (Ark.) in 1996.
McRoberts and his wife, Stacy, have three children: sons, Jackson and Nathaniel, and daughter, Mollie.
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