Former VMI star and Oakland A's minor leaguer Sam Roberts was promoted to the position of assistant coach on June 20, 2017. Roberts had spent the 2017 season as a volunteer assistant with the VMI program after retiring from the professional ranks following Spring Training 2016.
Roberts, VMI's all-time hits leader, ranks in the program's top-three in nine career categories, and leads in hits, walks, at-bats, runs scored and games played. He was also a regular on the mound, both in starting and relief roles.
Roberts was drafted by Oakland following the 2011 season and spent five seasons in the A's system, reaching high-A in the 2015 season. Following the 2013 season, Roberts transitioned full-time to the mound and spent his final two professional seasons in that role. He went 5-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 72 relief outings as a pro.