St. Cloud State has hired Mitch Roberts as head coach, the program announced on Tuesday.
Roberts spent the 2021 season as an assistant coach at Cal, working with the Golden Bears’ pitching staff. Under his guidance, the staff ERA decreased by nearly two full points.
Prior to his single-season tenure in Berkeley, Roberts spent time on staff at Tulsa, Ball State, and Washington. During the shortened 2020 season, Roberts shepherded the Tulsa pitching staff to a 1.48 ERA that ranked sixth nationally. The Golden Hurricane held opponents to a sub-.200 batting average during the abbreviated year.
“We are excited to welcome Mitch Roberts to the helm of Huskies softball,” St. Cloud State athletic director Heather Weems said in a statement. “Coach Roberts has made an immediate impact at his previous institutions as an assistant coach, particularly in the pitching circle and as a recruiting coordinator. As he transitions to the head coaching role, he is committed to comprehensive excellence, including in the classroom, on the field and throughout the community. He has been lauded as an approachable teacher and has a strong understanding of the game from his time in NCAA Division I. Mitch grew up in Wisconsin and is looking forward to returning to the Midwest and bringing his experience to St. Cloud State and the NSIC.”
The son of former Buffalo head coach and newly-minted Virginia assistant Mike Roberts, Mitch Roberts is a Wisconsin native and played college baseball in Milwaukee and in Iowa. At St. Cloud State, he assumes the helm of a program that went 28-16 during the 2021 season with a 15-11 conference showing.