Mike Roberts (coach)

From BR Bullpen

Thomas Michael Roberts

Minors BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

The father of big leaguer Brian Roberts, Mike Roberts was a longtime college coach.

A former catcher, Roberts was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 34th round of the 1972 amateur draft and played two seasons in their organization. He hit .245/.413/.286 as the main backstop for the '72 Billings Mustangs. His 45 walks tied for second in the Pioneer League, six shy of Cleo Smith. His offensive numbers were even better with the 1973 Waterloo Royals (.305/.392/.405), yet he ended his pro career at that point. He had a .400 OBP overall, fielded .979 at catcher and hit .283 with a .362 slugging percentage.

In 1978, he became head coach at the University of North Carolina, a position he held for 21 seasons. He led the school to a College World Series appearance in 1978 and again in 1989. He later also spent a year as head coach at University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Roberts has also managed the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 2004, and has led them to two CCBL titles. He also managed the Wareham Gatemen for two years.

Related Sites[edit]