ROCK HILL, SC – Winthrop head volleyball coach Bruce Atkinson has announced the hiring of Roberta Santos as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2014 season.
Santos, a native of Brazil, comes to Winthrop from the University of Texas at Brownsville after spending five seasons as an assistant coach with the Ocelots. While at UTB, Santos assisted in game and practice management, prepared travel arrangements and assisted in the recruiting process. She was primarily responsible for instructing the setters and offense of the team.
In February 2010, Santos was one of 30 recipients of the “Thirty Under 30” award presented by the American Volleyball Coaches Association which recognizes up-and-coming coaches under 30 years old.
Santos played volleyball at Florida Gulf Coast University and was twice named to the First Team All-Atlantic Sun Team. She helped lead FGCU to two A-Sun conference titles during its transition period from Division II to Division I. She recorded 1,475 assists in two years at FGCU and her single-season performances continue to rank in the school’s all-time top 10.
Santos received her bachelor’s degree in Resort & Hospitality Management from Florida Gulf Coast in 2008 and her master’s from UTB in 2010 in Public Administration.
In Brazil, Santos has been a part of one of the best volleyball club teams in Brazil that was trained by Paulo Coco, an assistant on the Brazilian National Team. She also played with two Olympic gold medalists.
With the Eagles, Santos will be primarily responsible for working with the team’s setters and will oversee Winthrop’s international recruiting efforts.
“I am very excited to add Roberta to our staff,” Atkinson said. “She is a young, hard-working individual coming from a successful program who is committed to helping take our program to the next level.”
The 2014 Eagles will open their season on August 29 when they take part in the Air Force Tournament, competing in four games over two days which includes a contest against nationally-ranked California.