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Chris Roberts begins his fourth year as pitching coach at Stetson. In addition to his responsibilities with the pitching staff Roberts assists Coach Mark Leavitt with recruiting and coordinates team travel.

In 2011, Roberts has helped Hatters hurlers post a sparkling 3.95 team ERA while guiding sophomore Kurt Schluter to Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year honors.

Roberts came to Stetson from UNC Greensboro where he served as the Spartans’ pitching coach. Under his guidance, UNCG pitchers recorded 411 strikeouts, which was the highest single-season total since the Spartans tallied a program-best 495 in 2003. One of his pitchers, Greg Martin, was named to the Coaches All-Southern Conference second team in 2008.

Roberts also spent four seasons as the pitching coach at North Carolina State. While with the Wolfpack, he had eight pitchers drafted in MLB’s first-year player draft. He coached two All-Americans at N.C. State and three first-team All-ACC pitchers.

In 2003, Roberts’ first season with the Wolfpack, N.C. State logged a team ERA of 3.67 – the program’s best in 11 years.

Prior to his tenure with the Wolfpack, Roberts spent two seasons at Western Carolina and one season as a volunteer at Flagler College. Roberts made an immediate impact on the Catamount pitching staff. In addition to slicing more than two runs off of the staff ERA, he helped WCU reach the 2003 NCAA Wilson Regional, where the Catamounts allowed just nine earned runs on 20 hits in 32 innings, a 2.53 ERA.

When Chris Roberts reported to FSU in the fall of 1989, he was the highest drafted player ever to play baseball for the Seminoles (2nd round/Philadelphia) and his impact was immediate as he was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America in 1990. As a sophomore, he was named Metro Conference Player of the Year, MVP of the South Regional and earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball (2nd team) and Baseball America (3rd team). For the season, “Mr. Versatile” as he was appropriately nicknamed, hit .321 with 14 home runs and 77 RBI as an outfielder and posted a 7-2 with a 3.52 ERA as a left-handed pitcher.

He earned first-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as a junior in 1992. In three seasons with the Seminoles, Roberts had a 23-8 record as a pitcher while batting .301 with 32 home runs and led the Seminoles to the College World Series in 1991 and 1992.

In 2007, Roberts was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame.

While at FSU, Roberts played for Team USA in the 1991 Pan Am Games and was the starting left fielder for the 1992 USA Olympic squad in Barcelona. He was selected by the New York Mets in the first round of the 1992 draft and played in the Mets organization from 1993-97.

Roberts was regarded as a Top 10 prospect for the Mets and went 13-5 with a 2.75 ERA in his first season at Class A St. Lucie, earning a spot in the Florida State League All-Star Game. He won 13 games again the following year at Class AA Binghamton, helping the Mets to the Eastern League title.

Later in his pro career, Roberts had one-year stints with Oakland (1998), Colorado (1999) and Milwaukee (2001), along with a season in the Japanese Pacific League (2000). He played on the Class AAA level with New York, Oakland and Milwaukee before retiring at the end of the 2001 season.

Roberts and his wife, Tracy, live in DeBary, Florida, and have three children – Jackson (12), Kirgan (9) and Landon (6).

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