In nine seasons at Pacific head coach Lynne Roberts has turned the Pacific Tigers into a post-season program, a Big West champion and a West Coast Conference contender.
The 2015 co-Coach of the Year in the WCC, Roberts has posted a 25-11 conference mark over the last two seasons, and back-to-back third-place finishes.
Roberts, juggling a lineup with one healthy true post, and significant injuries/games lost to four different guards, was named the College Sports Madness Mid-Major Coach of the year as well.
In Pacific’s first season in the WCC in 2013-14, the Tigers finished third at 12-6, with a 18-13 overall record and a program-best third straight post-season berth. Pacific had just one post-season trip prior to Roberts’ arrival in Stockton.
The 2012-13 Tigers set program records for wins, win percentage, home wins and road wins in a single season and won the regular season title for the first time in school history. Roberts was named the 2013 Big West Coach of the Year on March 11. For the first time in program history, the Tigers received votes in the Top 25 polls, appearing on ballots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
In 2011-12, Roberts’ squad turned in the highest win total in 10 seasons and made a post-season tournament for the second time in program history.
She led the Tigers to the WNIT, as Pacific advanced to the second round with the program’s first-ever postseason victory, a 77-62 home win over Arizona State. Pacific also picked up a regular season win over NCAA Tournament participant Florida (who advanced to the second round). Roberts led the Tigers to 18 wins in 2011-12 and has 155 career coaching victories.
A fierce competitor, Roberts has instilled her team with a never-say-die mindset that has led to a number of big comebacks. In her fifth season at the helm (2010-11) the Tigers erased 10-point deficits in 13 different games, including a Big West Quarterfinal win at UC Santa Barbara. The Tigers snapped a 24-game losing streak at the Thunderdome by ending the game on a 31-13 run to topple regular season co-champion.
While their number of double-digit comebacks decreased from the previous year, the 2011-12 Tigers had learned to close out games with authority: Pacific rallied from down 10 points in the final 2:12 to force overtime in a win at Nevada; slammed the door against Florida with seven points in the final 29 seconds; finished off Fullerton with a 6-0 game-ending run in a five-point win; and ran off a 12-2 run at UC Santa Barbara for a four-point win.
Pacific finished tied for third in the Big West in 2011-12, the highest BWC finish since 2004. Roberts has guided Pacific to three top four finishes in the BWC in her six seasons.
In her nine seasons, the Tigers have racked up 25 All-Big West team honors, five All-Freshman Team honors, and the 2009-10 Sixth Woman of the Year award; as well as five All-West Coast Conference selections, two WCC All-Freshman team picks, and the 2014 WCC Newcomer of the Year.
Roberts led the Tigers to a 14-16 overall mark and an 8-8 conference record in 2008-09. Additionally, Roberts helped guide her squad to the best home record in program history, when the Tigers went 12-2 in the Spanos Center. Additionally, the Tigers finished No. 1 in rebounding, averaging 40.3 rebounds per game.
Before coming to Pacific, Roberts spent four seasons at Chico State, building the Wildcats into a national power at the NCAA Division II level. During her final season, the Wildcats were 28-4 in 2005-06, advancing to the NCAA Final Four. She compiled a record of 86-31 in her four years at Chico State, leading the team to a school record for wins in each of her last two seasons. She earned California Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in both 2004-05 and 2005-06, leading the Wildcats to first place finishes. In 2004-05 Roberts led the club to a 24-6 record and the first CCAA title in school history. Additionally, the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament West Region title game. Roberts was named the WBCA West Region Coach of the Year.
After an outstanding playing career at Seattle Pacific, she became an assistant coach for the Falcons in 1997-98. She helped lead the team to a Pacific West Conference title, an NCAA Tournament West Regional Championship, and a trip to the Elite Eight.During her five years as an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific, the Falcons compiled an impressive 113-31 record and made five straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
During Roberts’ playing career at Seattle Pacific, she received numerous honors. As a co-captain her senior year, she was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team and was selected second team all-conference her junior year. She holds six school records for three-point field goals, including most threes made in a season (82) and career (196), which are also Pacific West Conference records.
Roberts graduated in the spring of 1997 with a degree in history from Seattle Pacific and added a master’s degree in athletic administration in the spring of 2000. A native of Northern California, she attended Enterprise High School in Redding, where she earned 12 varsity letters and was named the 1993 Northern Section Player of the Year.