Roberto Aspillaga (pronounced ahs-PEE-a-ga) was named Purdue's newest women's tennis assistant coach on Aug. 9, 2010.
He enters his second season as a Boilermaker after being hired in June of 2010. Aspillaga helped coach Purdue to its best conference finish (third place) since 1998 with a 13-8 dual-match season. Contributed to 8th-ranked Purdue recruiting class of Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal.
"I am extremely excited to work with Roberto," Glitz said. "I believe he will be a tremendous asset to the program. Roberto brings a wealth of tennis knowledge and recruiting experience. He shares my philosophy and vision for our tennis program, and I know he will help our student-athletes succeed on and off the court."
Aspillaga joins the Boilermakers after one season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Kentucky. While on staff with the Wildcats, Aspillaga was in charge of on-court conditioning and coaching. The Santiago, Chile, native graduated from Georgetown College in 2009, where he climbed as high as 33rd in the NAIA singles rankings and was an All-Mid South player in 2008. Aspillaga also played soccer for the Tigers during his time on campus.
"Joining Purdue is like a dream come true for me," Aspillaga said. "I am excited to be a Boilermaker because of the university's renowned reputation and the dedicated community surrounding it. There are very few collegiate tennis coaches with the playing and coaching experience of coach Glitz, and I am certainly lucky to continue my learning process as a coach from such an elite professional."
Aspillaga also spent time as a staff professional at the Top Gun Academy in Louisville, Ky. While there, he mainly coached junior players while helping them prepare for local tournaments, but also assisted with strength and conditioning for other high-performance groups.
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.