Women's Tennis Coach

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts
  • Head Coach
  • (15th year)
  • BA, University of Texas, Austin  '76
    Master's Degree in Education/Supervision, UTSA  '84
  • Sparks 104
  • (503) 370-6804 voice
  • rbrobert@willamette.edu

The 2015 season marks Becky Roberts' 15tth year as the head coach of women’s tennis at Willamette University. She also coached the men's team for five years from 2001-06. She was named NWC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2004, when Willamette placed third in the conference. She has earned over 500 career wins.

Last season, Denise Poltavski was named First Team All-Northwest Conference for the second year in a row. During the 2013-14 NWC season, Poltavski achieved a 12-3 singles record and combined with senior Sabrina Gutierrez to go 11-1 in doubles.

Gutierrez received First Team All-NWC honors in 2014, after earning Second Team All-NWC recognition three teams. Poltavski was chosen as an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

During the 2012 spring season, Roberts led the Bearcats to a fourth place finish in the NWC standings and a berth in the NWC Tournament. The Bearcats were ranked 13th in the West Region. In 2011, WU was represented by Natalia Agarycheva in singles and by Agarycheva and Shannon Palmer in doubles at the NCAA Championships.

In 2010, Willamette earned a 12-9 record, including 10-6 (4th place) in the NWC. WU advanced to the NWC Tournament. Agarycheva was the NWC Player of the Year and competed at the NCAA Championships.

During the 2009 fall season, Roberts led Natalia Agarycheva to second place in singles at the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional Championship. Agarycheva and Shannon Palmer took second place in doubles at the Wilson/ITA Regional.

In 2008-09, she led the Bearcats to a Northwest Conference tournament berth after tying for fifth place in the NWC regular season standings.

Roberts coached the men and women’s tennis teams at the University of Texas at San Antonio in NCAA Division I for 19 seasons from 1981-99. She was chosen Southland Conference Coach of the Year for the women’s team in 1993 and 1999 and for the men’s team in 1994. Her 1998 women’s team won the conference championship.

Following her tenure at UTSA and prior to arriving at Willamette, Roberts was the head tennis professional at Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Ore.

Roberts graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Health in 1976. She earned a master’s degree in Education/Supervision from UTSA in 1984.

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