Merrimack College announced that Mike Roberts has been hired as head tennis coach, and will begin the job immediately.
“Mike is an excellent addition to Merrimack College and we are thrilled to have him leading our men’s and women’s tennis programs,” Gibson stated. “With his wealth of experience and track record for success, I’m confident in his ability to lead two programs and inspire student-athletes that have been among the best in the Northeast-10 Conference over the last few years.”
Roberts arrives at Merrimack after decades of experience in the New England tennis community. Roberts owns and directs the Roberts Tennis Academy, which operates out of two locations including the Willows Racquet & Fitness Center in North Andover and at the Ballymeade Country Club. He oversees all administrative responsibilities for the Academy, including staffing, financial and coaching.
“I am very excited and honored to lead the Merrimack College men’s and women’s tennis programs,” said Roberts. “I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson for giving me this opportunity, and look forward to getting started. I inherit a great group of student-athletes, and aim to continue the succesful and storied tradition of Merrimack tennis.”
The University of Maine graduate manages and coaches the varsity and junior varsity programs at The Willows, winning the North Shore League in every season of his tenure (2008-2015), which included four undefeated campaigns. Roberts has operated his Tennis Academy at the Willows since 1998, while the Ballymeade location opened in 2009.
Approaching his 30th season as a tennis coach, Roberts currently works as the Head Pro at the Renaissance Club after serving in the same capacity at the Ridge Club for five years (2010-14).
At Orono, Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and he also has an Associate’s degree from the Tennis Kinesiology Program at the University of Texas at Tyler.