Lynne Roberts (basketball)

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Lynne Roberts
Current position
TitleHead coach
Record72–54 (.571)
Biographical details
Born (1975-08-28) August 28, 1975 (age 43)
Redding, California
Playing career
1993–1997Seattle Pacific
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–2002Seattle Pacific (asst.)
2002–2006Chico State
Head coaching record
Tournaments6–4 (NCAA D-II)
6–7 (WNIT)

Lynne Renee Roberts (born August 28, 1975)[1] is the women's basketball head coach at the University of Utah. She has also served as head coach at Chico State and Pacific.

Early life and education[edit]

Roberts was born and raised in Redding, California. She would attend Enterprise High where she would earn 12 varsity letters and was awarded the 1993 Northern Section Player of the Year.[2]

Roberts attended Seattle Pacific University where she played for the Falcons. During her time with the Falcons (1993-1997), Roberts set a school record for 3-pointers made in one season at 82 and for three-point percentage in a game when she made 7 of 8 against Willamette. Roberts regards her most memorable moment at college when she made the game winning 3-pointers to defeat Division I's UC Davis Aggies.[3] Roberts graduated in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in history.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Seattle Pacific, Roberts remained to pursue a master's degree. While pursuing her master's degree, Roberts served as a student assistant for the Falcons. Over five seasons Roberts helped lead the Falcons to a 113-31 record and five straight NCAA Division 2 appearances. Roberts graduated with a master's degree in athletic administration in 2000.[2]

In 2002 Roberts was hired as the head coach for Cal State Chico, where she coached from 2002-2006. While at Cal State Chico Roberts amassed an 86-31 record. The Wildcats set school records for wins in both 2005 and 2006 while finishing first place in their conference. The 2005 title was the first CCAA title in Cal State Chico history. That same season the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament West region Championship, and in 2006 the Wildcats would make it to the D2 Final Four.[2]

In 2006 Roberts was hired as the head coach for the University of the Pacific. After a slow first few seasons, Roberts helped the Tigers post a record 27 wins in 2013. She won the Big West Conference coach of the year, and her team came to be known as the "Cardiac Kids."[5] The Tigers made a school record 3 straight post-season appearances under Roberts. Roberts subsequently had her contract extended through 2017.[6]

In March 2015, Roberts was selected as one of three WCC coaches to be named co-coach of the year. The other two are Saint Mary's Gaels coach Paul Thomas and Gonzaga Bulldogs coach Lisa Fortier.[7]

On April 20, 2015, it was announced that the University of Utah hired Roberts as their next head women's basketball coach.[8] In her first season Roberts led Utah to an 18–15 record, Utah's first winning season since 2012–13.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]


Pac-12 2017-18 Season[9]

Utah 2017-18 Women's Basketball Schedule[10]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Chico State Wildcats (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (2002–2006)
2002–03 Chico State 17–10 15–7 2nd NCAA D-II First Round
2003–04 Chico State 17–11 13–9 1st NCAA D-II First Round
2004–05 Chico State 24–6 16–4 1st NCAA D-II Sweet 16
2005–06 Chico State 28–4 18–2 1st NCAA D-II Final Four
Cal State Chico: 86–31 (.735) 62–22 (.738)
Pacific Tigers (Big West Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Pacific 8–22 2–12 8th
2007–08 Pacific 14–16 9–7 4th
2008–09 Pacific 14–16 8–8 4th
2009–10 Pacific 6–23 4–12 8th
2010–11 Pacific 9–22 5–11 T–7th
2011–12 Pacific 18-14 9-7 T–3rd WNIT Second Round
2012–13 Pacific 27–8 14–4 1st WNIT Third Round
Pacific: 96–121 (.442) 51–61 (.455)
Pacific Tigers (West Coast Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Pacific 18–13 12–6 3rd WNIT First Round
2014–15 Pacific 21–10 13–5 T–3rd WNIT First Round
Pacific: 39–23 (.629) 25–11 (.694)
Utah Utes (Pac-12 Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Utah 18–15 8–10 7th WNIT Third Round
2016–17 Utah 16–15 5–13 T-9th WNIT First round
2017–18 Utah 18–14 8–10 8th WNIT Second round
2018–19 Utah 20–10 9–9 T-6th
Utah: 72–54 (.571) 30–41 (.423)
Total: 293–228 (.562)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 30 Sep 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Pacific Coaching Profile". University of the Pacific. Retrieved April 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "10 questions with Lynne Roberts". Recordnet. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Lynne Roberts". University of Utah. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Pacific Tigers Women Advance to WNIT Sweet Sixteen, Cardiac Kids Strike Again!". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Women's Basketball Coach Lynne Roberts' Contract Extended". Pacific Newsroom. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "BYU's Morgan Bailey named Player of the Year; Lisa Fortier (Gonzaga), Lynne Roberts (Pacific) & Paul Thomas (Saint Mary's) share Coach of the Year honors". 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  8. ^ "Lynne Roberts hired as Utah coach". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  9. ^ "Women's Basketball Standings". Pac-12. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  10. ^ " | University of Utah Athletics". Retrieved 2018-04-18.