- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Matt Roberts has been named Mississippi State’s new head men’s tennis coach.

The university Saturday announced the hiring, which is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning. Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, in a news release, said “having him lead our program will give us the opportunity to continue the great culture” he and Per Nilsson helped to establish.

Roberts replaces Nilsson, who accepted the head women’s tennis coaching position at Pepperdine recently. He steps into the post after two seasons as MSU’s assistant.

Under Nilsson, Roberts helped MSU to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances, including the NCAA Round of 16 in 2013.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1wWH5Wk ) Roberts joined Mississippi State’s program in 2012, after three seasons as an assistant at Michigan State.

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