Matt Roberts Head Coach
After turning in one of the most successful three-year stints in program history, head coach Matt Roberts enters his fourth season at the helm of the Mississippi State men's tennis team.
In his first three seasons with the squad, Roberts earned three-straight NCAA berths while earning the program's 12th NCAA Championship Round of 16 appearance after upsetting No. 15 Illinois on the road in 2016. With the win over the Illini in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Championship, Roberts became the fastest coach in MSU history to reach the NCAA Championship Round of 16. On the conference side, Roberts also became the first MSU coach to ean three-straight SEC Tournament semi-final appearances in his first three seasons, including a trip to the SEC Tournament final in 2017.
Following the 2017 season, after guiding State to its most successful campaign since 1998, Roberts became the third MSU coach tabbed as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southern Region Coach of the Year.
The Roberts-led Bulldogs have won 18 or more matches in all three seasons under his watch, while earning numerous All-SEC awards, including the program's first SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient, Rishab Agarwal in 2016. Agarwal also won the NCAA's Elite 90 Academic Award later in 2016, which was a first for any student-athlete in MSU athletics' history. Under Roberts' tutelage, Nuno Borges became the youngest Bulldog to take SEC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2017.
Roberts stepped into the head coaching role after two seasons as MSU's assistant under Per Nilsson, who accepted the head women's tennis coaching position at Pepperdine recently. During those two years, Roberts was highly instrumental in the continued resurgence of MSU men's tennis into the national spotlight, helping to guide the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances, including the NCAA Round of 16 in 2013.
Roberts joined the MSU program in the summer of 2012. From day one, he hit the ground running, bringing to Starkville a wealth of coaching experience.
Daryl Greenan Head Coach
Since Daryl Greenan took over the helm of the MSU women's tennis program in the fall of 2009, he has pushed the Lady Bulldog tennis squad to improve and constantly strive for greatness. During his tenure, State has gradually shown improvement each season on the team, individual and academic levels.
The Bulldogs continued their recent run of success in 2017, a season that saw State achieve its highest ITA national ranking ever (16th) in April of 2017. The Bulldogs also tied the school record for best final national ranking at No. 20. State went 15-9 in 2017, earning a third-consecutive NCAA bid, while also notching a second-straight seven-win season in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference (a school record).
On the individual level, Jasmine Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux became the first players to be named All-America since 1989. Lee achieved the school's highest singles ranking ever at No. 7 in May 2017. Lee was named All-SEC First Team for the third consecutive campaign, while Rioux earned All-Freshman laurels from the league. State also continued its academic prowess, with the majority of the team earning ITA Academic and Academic All-SEC honors.
The 2016 season was unquestionably State's best under Greenan's leadership, as the Bulldogs' most recent campaign also ranks as one of the best in MSU women's tennis history. MSU went 18-9 for the year, its second-most single-season triumphs ever. State also finished 7-6 in the powerful Southeastern Conference (the seven wins were a program best), including a school-record four in a row to end the regular season, and reached the NCAA Second Round and SEC quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
State finished 2016 23rd nationally, the second-highest final ITA ranking in program history. Of the Bulldogs' 18 wins, 13 came against ranked opponents and all nine of State's setbacks were to teams in the final top 20.
ANDREW GOODWIN Assistant Coach
One of the brightest young minds in college tennis and a Southeastern Conference veteran joined the Mississippi State men's tennis staff in 2017-18, as Andrew Goodwin was named State's new men's tennis assistant coach.
"We are really excited to have Andrew on board," Roberts said. "We really believe in him. He's a great coach who can help our program continue its success and movement in the right direction. We feel like his character and values fit right in with our program's core beliefs and philosophy. We're excited to begin working with him moving forward through our upcoming tournaments."
Goodwin comes to Starkville after spending a season as a volunteer assistant on Coach Adam Steinburg's staff at the University of Michigan. In Ann Arbor, he helped guide a squad that finished 23-7 overall and 9-2 in Big Ten play in 2016-17 while the team also finished the campaign ranked 25th nationally.
Upon completing his collegiate playing career at Alabama during the 2014-15 season, Goodwin served as an undergraduate assistant for the Crimson Tide in the fall of 2015 and then as a volunteer coach for the spring 2016 campaign.
In addition to his stints in Tuscaloosa and Ann Arbor, Goodwin has served with the USTA in a pair of roles. In summer 2016, he worked with USTA Player Development, where he learned under numerous national coaches and assisted with the USTA Collegiate Team. In June 2017, he had the opportunity to work with the USTA Collegiate National Team coaching top American college players on the ITF Futures circuit.
Sachin Kirtane Assistant Coach
Having enjoyed enormous success at multiple programs, Sachin Kirtane made his jump to the Southeastern Conference in July of 2014 when he was named the assistant coach of the Mississippi State women's tennis program. Kirtane replaced James Bryce, who was named head coach at James Madison University.
Following three of the most successful seasons in MSU Women's Tennis history after his arrival, Kirtane was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the fall of 2017.
That promotion came on the heels of a season that saw State achieve its highest ITA national ranking ever (16th) in April of 2017. The Bulldogs also tied the school record for best final national ranking at No. 20. State went 15-9 in 2017, earning a third-consecutive NCAA bid, while also notching a second-straight seven-win season in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference. Kirtane was named ITA Southern Regional Assistant Coach of the Year following the impressive campaign.
The 2016 season ranked as one of State's best in program history as the duo of head coach Daryl Greenan and Kirtane led the Bulldogs to an 18-9 record overall. MSU also finished 7-6 in the tough Southeastern Conference (the seven wins were a program best), including a school-record four in a row to end the regular season, and reaced the NCAA Second Round and SEC quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
State finished 2016 at No. 23 nationally, the second-highest final ITA ranking in program history. Of the Bulldogs' 18 wins, 13 came against ranked opponents and all nine of State's setbacks were to teams in the final top 20.