Valerie El Houssine, a transfer from USF, earned second-team All-BIG EAST accolades in 2011
Senior Tyler Henderson makes her third appearance on the All-America team, while senior Jessica Adams earns honorable mention accolades
Golden Hurricane looks to fill void left by decorated senior class
Seniors Tyler Henderson and Jessica Adams earn spots on All-Midwest teams
The Golden Hurricane will face the Gators in Gainesville at 6:30 p.m. on Friday
Steven McRoberts is in his third year as The University of Tulsa head volleyball coach after leading the Golden Hurricane to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances during his first two years at the helm of the program.
At Tulsa, McRoberts holds a 54-17 ledger with two Conference USA regular season titles, a Conference USA Tournament championship and two appearances in the NCAA Championship. While leading the Golden Hurricane, he has coached three players that earned All-America honors, including Tyler Henderson, the NCAA's career leader in kills during the 25-point rally scoring era, and Jessica Adams, the school's all-time digs leader.
In his second year at Tulsa, McRoberts led the Hurricane to a 26-10 ledger and a 14-2 conference mark. TU won the 2012 C-USA regular season and tournament championship as the Hurricane made its third straight trip to the NCAA Championship.
In 2011, his first season as head coach of the Golden Hurricane, TU posted a 28-7 record overall and an 18-2 mark in league play and win the Conference USA Championship. He was named Conference USA and AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
During his time at Tulsa, McRoberts has coached three players that earned All-America honors and four players that were All-C-USA selections, including Henderson, who won Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and Jessica Adams, who was honored as Libero of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Tulsa's other all-league players under McRoberts were Kellie Culbertson and Diana Silva.
McRoberts has 16 years of head coaching experience, and has compiled a career record of 451-157, posting 20+ wins 15 times. He has had six seasons with 30+ wins and earned conference coach of the year honors 10 times.
Prior to his appointment at Tulsa, McRoberts served six years as head coach at the University of Central Arkansas, where he compiled a record of 146-58, and won at least 20 games in five of those seasons. His last two teams won back-to-back Southland Conference regular season titles and posted a 31-1 league mark during that stretch.
In 2010, McRoberts led UCA to a 28-8 overall record and 15-1 Southland Conference mark. A year earlier, McRoberts led the Sugar Bears to a 27-3 overall mark in 2009, breaking the school record for winning percentage for a third straight year, and a perfect 16-0 mark in league play. McRoberts' efforts in 2010 led to his third consecutive Southland Conference Coach of the Year award.
In 2008, UCA went 12-4 in league play to finish atop the East Division of the Southland Conference and set an overall school record in winning percentage for the second straight season by going 24-7. McRoberts earned his first of three Southland Conference Coach of the Year awards in the 2008 campaign.
The 2007 season saw the Sugar Bears set the school record for winning percentage with a 24-9 record. UCA also finished 10-6 in Southland Conference play and placed third in the East Division for the second straight year. In 2006, UCA's first year of NCAA Division I play, the Sugar Bears posted a 19-17 mark.
McRoberts became the UCA head coach prior to the 2005 campaign and in his first season led the Sugar Bears to a 24-14 overall record, ending a streak of 10 consecutive losing seasons.
McRoberts' teams have done well in the classroom as well, as UCA volleyball student-athletes won the UCA Academic Achievement Award for having the highest team grade point average on campus for each of his first three seasons. The Sugar Bears received the AVCA Team Academic Award twice under McRoberts.
Prior to taking over the reins at UCA, McRoberts compiled a 251-82 record for a .754 winning percentage during his eight-year tenure at Lubbock Christian University in Texas. The Lady Chaps reached the post-season and finished in the NAIA Top 20 every season from 1998 to 2003. In 1998, McRoberts guided LCU to a 38-4 record and a fifth-place finish at the national tournament.
At Lubbock Christian, McRoberts won the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award six times and NAIA Region VI Coach of the Year three times. The Lady Chaps won seven straight conference titles under McRoberts' guidance.
McRoberts coached 14 NAIA All-Americans, 28 All-Region players, 42 All-Conference selections, three Southland Conference Freshmen of the Year, one SLC Player of the Year (3 time winner), two SLC Setters of the Year and one SLC Libero of the Year. His teams did equally well in the classroom, producing 10 Academic All-Americans.
In addition to his success with the volleyball program at Lubbock Christian, McRoberts also started and coached both the men's and women's golf programs at LCU.
McRoberts received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in social studies and health from Harding (Ark.) University in 1993 and his masters in physical education from Henderson State (Ark.) in 1996.
McRoberts and his wife, Stacy, have three children: sons, Jackson and Nathaniel, and daughter, Mollie.
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