Steve Roberts enters his fourth season as head coach of the Lander men's basketball program. Roberts became the Bearcats' fifth head men's basketball coach when he was hired in April 2015.
In his three seasons at Lander, the Bearcats have compiled an 45-45 overall record.
During his first season, Roberts led his squad to a 22-10 record, which included a 13-6 mark in Peach Belt contests. The Bearcats won the PBC Eastern Division and outlasted Augusta in an 87-86, double-overtime vicotry for the program's first conference tournament championship since 2007. Lander advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history and the first time in nine seasons. Roberts became the first head coach to ever lead the Bearcats to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season with the program.
Prior to coming to Greenwood, Roberts spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach under Gregg Nibert at Presbyterian following a 13-year stint as Lander's assistant.
A four-year letterman (1980-84), he graduated from Lander in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. While playing for Lander University, the then-Senators averaged 19 wins a season. Roberts is currently third in most games played in a career at Lander with 125 games.
Roberts, the 2013 Lakelands FCA Coach of the Year, is in his 28th year of coaching at the collegiate level. He started his career as a graduate assistant at Winthrop University under Neild Gordon. Roberts coached at North Greenville College for one season before joining the staff at then-USC Spartanburg. In 1990-91, the Rifles advanced to the NAIA National Tournament and finished fifth in the country with a record of 29-3. The following season, 1991-92, Roberts helped lead the Rifles to the inaugural Peach Belt Championship, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 7 final national ranking. After four seasons at USCS, Roberts worked as an LU assistant for his former coach, Finis Horne .
Since 1994, Roberts has had the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Mars Hill College, Coastal Carolina University and Campbell University before returning to Mars Hill in 1999 as the head coach. After three seasons at Mars Hill, Roberts returned to Lander as an assistant for Coach Chipper Bagwell. Roberts has the distinction of being the only person to work for all four previous head coaches in the history of the men's basketball program at Lander.
The Greenville native is married to the former Dana Lam of Waynesboro, Va., and they have two children, Matthew, 20, and Luke, 18.