Missouri State has found a permanent coach to lead its volleyball program after parting ways with the winningest coach in program history before the 2019 season.
Steven McRoberts has been hired as the university’s fourth permanent head coach in Missouri State volleyball history. He is the first full-time male head coach.
“I am extremely pleased to have Coach McRoberts, Stacy, Jackson, Mollie and Nate as part of our Bears family,” MSU Athletics Director Kyle Moats said in a press release. “Coach McRoberts is a proven head coach who has won everywhere he’s been. He and his family will be a tremendous asset to our university and community. His plan for our program and my goals and expectations matched up ideally.”
McRoberts takes over for Melissa Stokes, who resigned on Aug. 12 following an independent investigation found NCAA violations occurred within the volleyball program.
After Stokes’ departure, Manolo Concepcion took over the team as the interim head coach. The Bears went 10-22 on the season for the worst finish in the program’s history, which snapped a streak of 19-consecutive winning seasons.
McRoberts, who has 23 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, including 15 at the Division I level, owns a 587-245 overall record with 21 winning seasons and 19 years with 20 wins or more.
"I am really grateful for the opportunity that Kyle (Moats) and Casey (Hunt) are giving me as the head volleyball coach at Missouri State," McRoberts said in a release. "This program is well respected around the country. There have been so many great coaches and players that have paved the way for this successful program. I will do my best to uphold their legacy."
McRoberts comes to Missouri State after a six-year tenure at Ole Miss. He posted a 111-82 record and guided the Rebels to the 2017 National Invitational Tournament Championship title — the first postseason national championship for any program in the school’s history.
"I have been thoroughly impressed with the facilities and the overall attention that is given to the volleyball program," McRoberts also said in the release. "I am looking forward to getting my family to Springfield and I am excited to get to work! Go Bears!"
McRoberts coached three years at Tulsa with the first two resulting in NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Sherwood, Arkansas native coached at Central Arkansas for six years, where he compiled a 146-58 record. He was named the Southland Coach of the Year three times.
McRoberts also spent eight years at Lubbock Christian in Texas. His teams won seven conference championships and three region championships in eight years.