SFA announces basketball signing; new tennis coach

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - First-year Stephen F. Austin head basketball coach Brad Underwood announced on Friday the addition of D.W. Daniel High School's (Central, SC) Justin Dotson to the Lumberjack roster for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.

Dotson, a 6-4 shooting guard, is described as a "natural scorer" and becomes the fifth new member of Lumberjacks.

"Justin is a premier scorer who has the ability to score in many different ways," Underwood said. "He's a very good athlete who can score off the bounce as well as shoot the ball from the perimeter. I am very excited to have Justin joining our family. He's a great competitor with exceptional size and athleticism. He can be a very difficult person to defend due to his versatility."

The newest Lumberjack just finished up a 2012-13 senior season in which he was named the region's player of the year and guided the Lions to a 21-8 record, advancing to the semifinals of the state tournament. He was selected to play in the CarolinaClassic all-star game, featuring the top seniors from South Carolina and North Carolina.

Dotson helped lead the Lions to a 20-5 record his junior season while averaging 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He earned all-state honors on while leading the Lions to a Region 1-3A title.

Prior to his junior season Dotson transferred to Arden (N.C.) Christ School where he played with and against some of the country's top preps. At Christ School he played alongside now Duke Blue Devil Marshall Plumlee and won its sixth NCISAA title with Dotson averaging 7 points and 3 rebounds a game and then went back to D.W. Daniel for his final two years of high school/

During his freshman campaign Dotson played a big role in helping the Lions lay claim to the 2010 SCHS Boys Basketball state title by averaging 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced on Monday that Roberto Aspillaga has been named the new head coach of the women's tennis program. Aspillaga 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.

Aspillaga has also spent the last five summers as a staff professional at the Top GunAcademy in Louisville, KY., coaching junior players (ages 8 to 18) helping them prepare for local tournaments, but also assisted with strength and conditioning for other high-performance groups.

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. His wife, Mo, also graduated from Georgetown.

-Both Articles are from SFA Athletics