|Previous College:||Seattle Pacific (1997, MS 2000)|
The 2013 Big West Coach of the Year, Lynne Roberts has led
the Pacific women's basketball team to its' best seasons in program
history. The Tigers capped their final season in Big West play as
the conference champions and shattered the school record for wins
in a season. Pacific's 27 wins in 2012-13 surpassed the previous
school record by seven, as the Tigers finished 27-8.
Roberts' has guided the Tigers to back-to-back postseason appearances, with a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament's third round in 2013 following a second round appearance in 2012. In 2013, following a win at home over UALR, the Tigers pulled away in a road game at Washington for a 85-78 win to advance to the third round. Pacific fell in overtime at home against Utah, as three of the Tigers' eight losses were overtime games.
The Tigers' starting five all earned All-Big West honors in 2012-13, Kendall Rodriguez and Erica McKenzie (First Team), Gena Johnson and Kendall Kenyon (Second Team), Ashley Wakefield (Honorable Mention). Rodriguez, who earned a professional contract to play in Germany following the season, and McKenzie carved their names into the Pacific record book and the duo, along with Johnson, all reached the 1,000 career point mark in 2012-13.
In addition to the outright regular season Big West title, the Tigers posted their most conference victories in program history (14) and also set school records for most home wins (14) and road wins (12).
The Tigers finished with the highest RPI in school history, at number 47 on Selection Monday (unofficial), and garnered national attention by receiving votes in both the Associate Press Top 25 and the Coaches' Poll (both firsts in program history).
In 2011-12, Roberts' squad turned in the highest win total in 10 seasons and made a post-season tournament for just 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 182 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, 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. With 69 victories entering her seventh season, she ranks second on the Tigers all=time win list (69-113).
In her six seasons, the Tigers have racked up 20 All-Big West team honors, five All-Freshman Team honors, and the 2009-10 Sixth Woman of the Year award, won by center Christina Thompson (2008-2012).
The Tigers finished second in offense (69.2 PPG) in the Big West, and led the conference in offensive rebounds (15.3/Game) in 2011-12. The fast-paced Tigers have hit the 90-point mark seven times in Roberts' tenure, as each game ranks in the top 20 point totals in Tiger history. Against Cal State Bakersfield, the Tigers scored 38 fast-break points, set a school record with 74 points in the paint, and handing out a school record-tying 34 assists. Defensively, the Tigers held opponents under 50 three times, including a 60-40 win over UC Santa Barbara.
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.
In her second season of leadership, Roberts put the Tigers in the top half of the conference and earned the team's first ever tournament bye by posting a 9-7 conference record. Overall, Roberts improved the Tigers to 14-16 on the year, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season Pacific posted double digit victories. Roberts guided the Tigers to the No. 1 scoring offense in the Big West, posting 69.4 points 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.
For her work, Roberts was named the WBCA West Region Coach of the Year. Lynne began her coaching career as part of a very successful Seattle Pacific University program, where she spent a total of nine seasons.
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.