Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced on June 17, 2013 that Roberto Aspillaga had been named the new head coach of the women's tennis program. Aspillaga (pronounced ahs-PE-a-ga) replaces Stephanie Wooten who resigned following the season to pursue other career opportunities.
"We are very happy to have Roberto as our new tennis coach," Hill said. "He brings a wealth of experience and has coached and recruited on the highest Division I levels. Most importantly he wants to be at SFA and is committed to building our women's tennis program to be the best in the Southland Conference."
Aspillaga is assuming head coaching duties for the first time in his career, coming to SFA after stints as an assistant at Purdue and Kentucky and most recently an associate head coach at Colorado.
Last year in Aspillaga's first season at Colorado, he helped guide the Buffs to a season-best No. 75 ITA National Ranking on April 2, a jump of 93 spots from their #168 ranking at the end of the 2012 season. Also during last season, the Buffs recorded their first two Pac-12 wins in program history (Arizona, Oregon). While at Colorado Aspillaga helped recruit Dhanielly Quevedo, #150 ITF and the ITA Regional Rookie of the Year. He also played a big part in recruiting Nuria Ormeno (Fall 2013), who was ranked #4 in Spain.
Aspillaga also helped Purdue bring in its highest nationally ranked recruiting class (No. 8) in history during the 2011 fall. For his efforts, Aspillaga was named 2012 Wilson/ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year last spring, capping off a season in which the Boilermakers won their first Big 10 championship in program history. Ironically, Purdue head coach Laura Glitz and freshman Lynda Xepoleas were named Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively. In two seasons with the Boilermakers, Aspillaga helped Purdue to 31 overall wins and 13 regular season victories.
Respected in coaching circles, Aspillaga has also produced a tennis training video called Dynamic Speed and Agility Training for Tennis.
A native of Santiago, Chile, Aspillaga graduated from Georgetown College (Ky.) in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in sports administration. At Georgetown, he climbed as high as 33rd in the NAIA singles rankings and was an All-Mid-South player in 2008. He also played soccer for the Tigers during his time on campus.
Aspillaga is no stranger to tennis excellence, as his father, Eduardo, was a Federation Cup captain and Davis Cup conditioning coach for Chile. The elder Aspillaga also was a speaker for the International Tennis Federation.
Aspillaga is a certified professional by the United States Professional Tennis Registry.