College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell officially named Matt Roberts as the program’s next Director of Athletics in Randolph Hall on Monday in front of a crowd of coaches, administrators and student athletes.
A 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Roberts got his start as a student working in the athletics department at the ticket window. After his undergraduate degree, Roberts attained a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. This helped launch him to serve as the associate athletics director for development at the University of Oklahoma. Most recently, Roberts acted as deputy director of athletics at Southern Methodist University.
“I see athletics as an avenue to raise the university as a whole and to expedite our university’s charge in moving forward to the 250th anniversary in 2020,” Roberts said. “At the end of the day, its about giving the student athlete a tremendous experience, and they’re going to get a great education coming to the College, so if we can put them in a position to win championships that’s only going to make their experience that much better.”
Roberts will take over the job from Charleston’s longtime athletic director, Joe Hull. Under Hull’s leadership, which began in Nov. 2007, the Cougars have claimed 42 conference championships in 12 different sports as well as national titles in sailing and equestrian.
“I expect us to be the best program in our conference,” Roberts said. “I expect for us, in a lot of our sports, to compete for championships nationally, so that would be my expectation. I want every one of our teams to have the resources to win championships in the CAA.”