Mike Roberts has been named the new University at Buffalo head softball coach, UB Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Thursday.
The fourth head coach in team history, Roberts comes from the University of Washington, where he served as the Huskies' pitching coach for the last two seasons. UW went 50-14 last season with Roberts' help, advancing to the College Softball World Series semifinals before losing to No. 1 Florida.
"I'm happy to be a part of the Buffalo athletics family," Roberts said in a release. "I want to thank everyone involved in the hiring process at UB for giving me this amazing opportunity to lead the softball program. I'm looking forward to building this program into a perennial power not only within the Mid-American Conference but on the national stage as well. I can't wait to meet this young group of student-athletes and to get started on building something special here at UB."
"We are thrilled to have Mike as the new leader of our softball program," Greene said in the release. "Mike has a true passion for the sport of softball, and his ability to train and teach is at the very top of the collegiate game. His ability to connect with players, his unmatched recruiting ability and his prominence on the national stage will make him a very valuable asset to our softball program. His success as a pitching coach, in addition to his reputation as a leader, made him a natural fit for the University at Buffalo. I know under Mike's leadership, our softball program will be reaching new heights in the near future."
Under Roberts' guidance, Washington's pitching staff lowered its ERA from 3.24 to 2.38, good for fourth in the dominant Pac-12 conference. In 10 NCAA tournament games, the Huskies allowed only 29 runs.
Roberts has also coached at Oregon and Wisconsin Green-Bay. The New Zealand native has also coached the New Zealand national team's pitchers and catchers since 2016.