Entering his third season as the Associate Head Coach of George Fox University, Steve Robertson has already made an impact on the men's tennis program.
Robertson helped the Bruins achieve new heights in the 2016-17 season, as Alex Namba and Spencer Watanabe became the program's first All-Americans. The pair competed at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup and the NCAA West Regionals.
Robertson assumed the associate head coaching position with the Bruins in 2015. He helped the Bruins make their mark in the NWC, finishing 9-3 in his first year.
“I look forward to helping guide the Bruins to new heights of success and teaming up with Coach Ninteman in building a program unlike any other, focusing on building a family-like atmosphere," said Robertson.
Robertson grew up in Tualatin, Oregon and begin playing tennis at the age of four. He quickly became one of the top-ranked juniors in the United States. He was a member of the National Junior Team, alongside current ATP touring players Sam Querrey, Stevie Johnson, and Tim Schmyzek and was trained by some of the top coaches all over the world including Greg Patton, Robertson's future collegiate coach.
Robertson attended West Linn High School where he led the team to two State Championships in 2003 and 2004. He also captured The Oregon State Singles Championship in 2004 and was the Runner Up in 2005. He finished his high school career with a 64-0 dual match record and a four-time Three Rivers League Singles Champion. Robertson was also voted the MVP of the team all four years. He will soon be inducted into the West Linn Hall of Fame.
After high school, Robertson signed with Boise State University, which at the time was a top 25 program in Division 1 tennis. He joined Boise State to play under the guidance of Greg Patton, who was his National Junior Team Coach. Robertson started his collegiate career with a bang, winning his first 15 matches alongside partner Clancy Shields. Robertson and Shields went on to make history holding the highest single-season winning percentage in Boise State history, ahead of former Wimbledon Doubles Champion Wesley Moodie. Robertson was named First Team All WAC in doubles in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, and 2nd Team All WAC in singles in the 2006-2007 season. He was also a member of the 2006 and 2007 WAC Team Championships. In his tenure at Boise State University, he logged 125 wins for the program, was ranked as high as 40 in the country and clinched a number of matches including the 2007 WAC Team Championship. Robertson's most prized accolade was being voted the most inspirational member of the team. "To me winning the most inspirational award was the highlight of my career. College tennis is unlike any other experience I have ever had in my career. To be given that title by my brothers was very rewarding and I plan on bringing that same passion and motivation to George Fox University."
After his collegiate career, Robertson played a couple of Professional Tournaments as well as open tournaments all over the United States. He recorded wins over players ranked in the ATP top 150. He gave up pursuing his playing career to chase his passion in coaching. He joined the Vancouver Tennis Center in Vancouver, Washington in 2011. Robertson started Peak Performance Tennis Academy alongside partner Sanja Lemes. After three and a half years in Vancouver, Robertson built his own private facility in Tualatin, Oregon and continued his development of junior players. In his coaching career, Robertson has developed and worked with multiple top-ranked juniors sectionally and nationally, including a national champion and a top 5 player in the country already in his short coaching career.
"Coaching juniors is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs you could ever imagine. It is rare to have a job that you look forward to every day and can change people's lives, so I try to bring the passion everyday to work," added Robertson.
The Robertson's reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon and are expecting their first child and future Bruin, Jack, in February.