Assistant Assistant Coach Coach Chris Chris Roberts Roberts
32 Third Season Pitching Coach Florida State, 1992 Chris Roberts begins his third year as pitching coach at Stetson. In addition to his responsibilities with the pitching staff Roberts will assist Coach Leavitt with recruiting and will coordinate team travel. Roberts comes to the Hatters from UNC Greensboro where he served as the Spartans’ pitching coach last season. Under Roberts’ 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. Before moving on to UNC Greensboro Roberts spent four seasons as the pitching coach at NC State. While with the Wolfpack, Roberts had eight pitchers drafted in Major League Baseball’s FirstYear Player Draft. He coached two All-Americans at NC State and three ﬁrst-team All-ACC pitchers. In 2003, Roberts’ ﬁrst season with the Wolfpack, NC State logged a team ERA of 3.67 – the
program’s best in 11 years. Prior to joining the Wolfpack, Roberts spent two seasons at Western Carolina and one season as a volunteer at Flagler College. Roberts played his college baseball at Florida State, where he was a two-time All-American and played in the College World Series in 1991 and 1992. An outﬁelder and pitcher for the Seminoles, Roberts hit .321 as a sophomore and earned third-team All-American honors and Metro Conference Player of the Year with 14 home runs and 77 RBI. The following season, he was a second-team All-American with an 8-4 record and a 2.34 ERA as a pitcher, and 12 home runs and 59 RBI at the plate. Roberts, a graduate of Florida State 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 from his playing career at the end of the 2001 season. Roberts and his wife Tracy now live in DeBary, Florida, and have three children; Jackson age 10, Kirgan age 7, and Landon age 4.
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