Courtesy of Buffalo State Sports Information Department
Buffalo State director of athletics Jerry Boyes announced the promotion of Maria Roberts to the role of senior woman administrator and assistant director of athletics in addition to maintaining her duties as head women's volleyball coach.
In her new role, Roberts will serve as the department's scheduling coordinator and will oversee efforts in student-athlete support services. She will also serve as the direct report for the men's and women's basketball and women's lacrosse programs.
Roberts has served as the head coach of the Bengals' volleyball program since 2011, recording and overall record of 116-115, including winning the program's first-ever conference championship in 2013.
Under Roberts in 2013, Buffalo State posted a 25-10 mark and secured a No. 2-seed in the SUNYAC Championships. The Bengals defeated Cortland and New Paltz en route to the league title, before falling to University of Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Buffalo State advanced to the SUNYAC Semifinals in 2014 and played in the SUNYAC Championship match at home in 2012, after finishing the season 26-8 and a perfect 6-0 in SUNYAC West divisional play.
Roberts joined the staff as an assistant in 2009 after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. As a player, she was a four-year standout with the Yellow Jackets as a middle hitter. She finished her career third in school history in blocks and fifth in kills. She was recognized on numerous all-tournament teams and was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and her team's MVP as a senior.