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Women's Tennis' Roberts Earns Coaching Honor

Mark Roberts is the first two-time winner of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award in school history.

Mark Roberts is the first two-time winner of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award in school history.

May 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's tennis assistant coach Mark Roberts has earned a regional award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which is the sport's governing body.

Roberts, who just completed his fourth season as a member of head coach Kevin Cory's staff, was named ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons. He is the first multiple-year winner of the honor in the school's men's or women's history. The only other previous winners were Douglas Geiwald in 1997 and current UNLV men's head coach Owen Hambrook when he assisted with the women's team in 2002.

"Mark is again very deserving of this award," said Cory. "He is hard working, loyal and a great role model for our student-athletes. He has established himself as one of the top coaches in the Mountain Region, and we're lucky to have him here at UNLV."

Roberts, who came to UNLV after serving as a teaching pro at the Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program in Pittsburgh, is a 2004 graduate of New Mexico State. He played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Aggies after transferring from Boise State, where he competed for three seasons and rose as high as 74th in singles and 23rd in doubles.

A native of South Africa, he previously competed on the ATP Tour and earned world rankings as high as 974 in singles and 1,272 in doubles in 2001. He and his wife, Jessica, were married in 2005.

 

 

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