|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
Joe Roberts begins his 33rd year at the helm of Armstrong Atlantic State baseball. While at Armstrong, Roberts has posted an overall 1,250-607 (.673) record while averaging around 40 wins per year and posting 32 consecutive winning seasons. He currently ranks as the leading active Division II coach and second all-time in wins.
During his career, the Pirates have become a perennial contender in NCAA DII baseball. Armstrong is second only to Florida Southern in NCAA DII baseball victories since his arrival at then-Armstrong State in 1980, and at one point the Pirates were ranked in 110 straight polls over seven seasons. The Pirates advanced to the NCAA DII World Series in 1988, 1989 and 1994, with their 1990 squad ranked No. 1 nationally in every week of the season.
Coach Roberts has been selected for a coach of the year award eight times, including Region coach of the year awards in all three seasons that the Pirates advanced to the NCAA DII World Series. The Pirates have had players sign professionally in 28 straight years and Armstrong has also graduated 150 of its players in the last 26 years, despite its small rosters.
Roberts was a four-sport letterman at Lebanon (Ind.) HS before attending Lake Sumter CC in Leesburg, Fla. He finished his career at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., where he was again a four sport letterman and a basketball standout, setting several school, league and NCAA records during a two year career that saw him named All-Conference twice. He was selected Dixie MVP in his junior year of 1974 and was inducted into the St. Andrews Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
The 2010 year was significant for Coach Roberts in two respects as he was only the fifth college baseball coach ever inducted into the Georgia Dugout Hall of Fame, while he served as the ABCA President. He is married to the former Lynn Tucker and they have two sons, Brian and Eric.