Roberto Fernandez

Student Athlete at Rice University

Student-athlete who excels as a baseball pitcher and is pursuing a degree in sport management with a concentration in law at Rice University.

about me

I’m Roberto Fernandez, a student-athlete at Rice University, and my journey in the world of baseball is a story of resilience and determination. It all began when I faced a major setback during my high school senior year due to a UCL reconstruction surgery. This surgery led to the retraction of a Division I collegiate baseball scholarship that I had earned. However, I wasn’t one to let adversity define my future. I walked onto the Miami Dade College baseball team and spent eight months in intense rehabilitation to get back on the field. My hard work paid off as I not only returned to playing but was also named a JUCO All-Star during my sophomore year at Miami Dade.

My dedication and talent didn’t go unnoticed, and I received offers from several Division I baseball programs, including Florida International, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Texas Christian, and Rice University. Ultimately, I chose Rice because it offered the perfect combination of elite athletic competition and academic rigor. At Rice, I’ve been able to balance a full academic load while dedicating over twenty hours each week to workouts, meetings, practices, and inter-squad competitions, fulfilling my commitments to the baseball team. My journey is a testament to the fact that with hard work and unwavering determination, you can overcome any obstacle and achieve success both on and off the field.

Professional Journey, Community Involvement, and Skills/Interests

Explore my diverse experiences, from my career path to my engagement with the community, as well as my unique skills and interests

Work Experience

With years of baseball experience and a commitment to mentorship, I aim to inspire the next generation of players to reach their full potential on and off the field.

Community Engagement

As a dedicated Key Club member, I actively engage in community service and volunteer initiatives, striving to make a positive impact on the lives of others.


I have a deep love for fishing, finding solace in the tranquility of the water and the thrill of the catch.