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.
McRoberts inherited a team that in the two years prior posted a 26-34 overall record and finished at the bottom of the SEC standings. Two years later it's safe to say the Rebels are trending up, with their first back-to-back 20-win seasons in nearly three decades, and consecutive finishes in the top half of the league standings. The Rebels have won eight straight regular season tournament titles and set a school record with 13 home wins in 2015. Numerous individual and team records were broken in just his first two years, while players earned All-America, All-Region and All-SEC honors.
Most recently, the Rebels equaled the most wins (22-11) since the 2007 season in addition to setting the school record with 13 home wins in 2015. Nakeyta Clair and the late Ty Laporte were named to the AVCA All-Region team, while Clair earned All-SEC honors and Kathryn Cather made the SEC All-Freshman Team. Clair became the school record holder, in total blocks, block assists, block solos and hitting percentage while also surpassing 1,000 kills to rank second all-time with 1,177. Aubrey Edie became the second player to eclipse 3,000 assists needs just 275 to break the record.
In his first year (2014) at Ole Miss, McRoberts guided the Rebels to their best record (22-10) in seven years and the best start in program history (14-0). The Rebels have battled for an NCAA Tournament bid both years. Ole Miss posted a school-record team hitting percentage in a season (.254) in 2014.
Several individual accomplishments also highlighted McRoberts first year in Oxford. 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.
While setting records on the court, the Rebels have also succeeded in the classroom, earning the highest team grade point average (3.23) since the spring of 2010 in the fall of 2015. Edie became the second player in program history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. More than half the team made at least a 3.00 GPA last semester, including all six freshmen.
A 10-time conference coach of the year, McRoberts boasts a lengthy list of accolades in his 19 years as a head coach at Lubbock Christian University, Central Arkansas, Tulsa and now Ole Miss. He has compiled a career record of 518-184 (.738 winning percentage), including six seasons with 30-plus wins and 18 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 250-81 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 (250 - held record until 2014). 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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