In just two seasons at the helm, Utah women’s basketball head coach Lynne Roberts has set an expectation for the Utes. After two straight post-season appearances under the direction of Roberts, she looks to take the program to new heights.
Roberts holds an overall record of 34-30 in her first two years in Salt Lake City and has coached her teams to the post-season in six consecutive seasons after coming to Utah from the University of Pacific in 2015.
At Utah, Roberts has coached four All-Pac 12 selections and 11 all-academic honorees. She has been at the helm to see the Utes knock off a pair of Top-25 ranked opponents and earn votes in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls in back-to-back seasons.
In her second season at Utah, the Utes went 16-15 overall, making their way to the WNIT for the second straight season. The Utes finished the season ranked in the top-25 in the country in both blocked shots and defensive rebounds per game, thanks in large part of Pac-12 All-Defensive team and All-Pac 12 selection Emily Potter who ranked in the top-15 in blocks in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, setting a new Utah single-season record at 89.
In her first season with the Utes in 2015-16, Roberts led Utah to an 18-15 mark and the third round of the WNIT. It was the program’s first winning season since 2012-13 and the first postseason berth in three years.
The Utes doubled their overall win total and more than doubled their number of Pac-12 wins from the previous year. Utah also received its first votes in the Associated Press poll since the 2007-08 campaign in early January.
Utah ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring average (68.7 ppg)—improving by nearly 14 points per game—and placed third in rebounding (42.4 rpg) after finishing last in both categories in 2014-15.
Roberts, just the fifth head coach in the program’s 40-plus year history, brought 13 years of head coaching experience with her to the U. Roberts was the head coach for nine seasons at the University of The Pacific (2006-15) after starting her head coaching career at Chico State (2002-06).
At Pacific, Roberts was a two-time conference coach of the year (2012-13 Big West Conference and 2014-15 West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year). She led the Tigers to postseason appearances in each of the last four seasons, a program-best streak, after taking over a team that qualified for the postseason just once in school history before her arrival.
Roberts began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, Seattle Pacific University, from 1997-2001. During her playing career at SPU, Roberts was named to the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team as a senior co-captain. She was second team all-conference her junior year. The Redding, Calif., native graduated from Seattle Pacific in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in history and added a master's degree from SPU in athletic administration 2000.