Olympic Medalist Joins ASC as Head Basketball Coach
Friday, October 7, 2011
Patricia Roberts has been appointed the new head women’s basketball coach at Agnes Scott College.
Roberts, winner of the silver medal in 1976 with the U.S. Olympic Team and recently inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, joins an Agnes Scott team that went 15-13 overall and 7-7 in conference play last season and showed promise during the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament by upsetting top seed Maryville in the opening round.
“I am elated and excited to get the opportunity to coach at Agnes Scott,” Roberts said. “When I left coaching, I hadn’t really thought about getting back into it but the opportunity presented itself for me to be able to coach again. Agnes Scott is a great school and I am just really excited about it.”
Spending the last three decades immersed in the game of basketball, Roberts got her collegiate athletics start at North Georgia College for two seasons before transferring to Emporia State in Kansas. After spending one year at Emporia State, she made one last move to the women’s basketball promised land, Knoxville, Tenn. and the Lady Vols under Coach Pat Summit.
During a single season at Tennessee, Roberts finished with three Lady Vols’ school records including points in a game (51), rebounds in a game (24), and points in a season (987) that still stands today. She became the first Lady Vol to be named Kodak All-American in 1977.
While at Tennessee, Roberts helped the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team to a silver medal in the 1976 games which was the first Olympic basketball competition for women. She wouldn’t stray far from the Olympics becoming a member of the selection committee from 1988-1996.
After college, Roberts began her time on the sidelines, this time not as a player but as a coach. From 1982-1988, she worked at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Illinois and Central Michigan University in an assistant coach position. She moved to the University of Maine in 1988 where she stayed until 1992. Soon after, she accepted a position at the University of Michigan where she helped to recruit the No. 10 recruiting class in the nation. She coached at Stony Brook University from 1999-2004 and Mercer University in Macon, Ga. from 2006-2007. Roberts earned her masters in sports administration from Central Michigan.
“Having Coach Roberts join the Scotties is a dream come true for our program,” said Joeleen Akin, director of athletics at Agnes Scott. “Whether it was her experience as a player or coach, she brings a level of competition to Agnes Scott that we are truly excited to have here.”
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.