BOULDER – University of Colorado women’s tennis Associate Head Coach Roberto Aspillaga is leaving the CU program to become the Stephen F. Austin women’s tennis head coach effective, Monday, June 17.
This is the first head coaching job for Aspillaga (pronounced ahs-P-a-ga). He replaces former head coach Stephanie Wooten, who resigned last month to pursue other career opportunities. The Ladyjacks compete in the Southland Conference.
“I want to thank coach Kenneally and the entire CU administration,” Aspillaga said. “It was a great experience to work at this institution and I am very grateful for all the wonderful people I had the opportunity to work with. I am very proud of all the team’s hard work and I will miss working with them.”
The Buffaloes finished the 2013 spring season with a 7-14 record. A pair of those victories came in the Pac-12 Conference, CU’s first conference wins since joining in 2012. The Buffs defeated Arizona (Mar. 10) and upset No. 59 Oregon (Mar. 29). Ironically, back on Feb. 2, CU upset No. 62 Stephen F. Austin marking the team’s first win over a ranked opponent since the 2010 campaign.
Aspillaga also helped the Buffs break into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for the first time since April 2010, where CU spent the week of April 1-7 as the No. 75 nationally ranked team.
Prior to CU, Aspillaga spent the 2010-2012 seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue University. There he helped the Boilermakers win their first Big Ten Tournament Championship and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. In two seasons with the Boilermakers, Aspillaga led Purdue to 31 overall wins and 13 regular season victories.
“We are excited for Roberto and his family’s appointment to be the next head coach at Stephen F. Austin,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “SFA has had a solid history and I know that Roberto will do a fantastic job with the program and put them back at the top of their conference. Roberto did a great job for us this year and we are thankful for his time at CU. We wish him all the success and support.”