Red Bay's Roberts Gets 800th Win
January 29, 2014Alabama Radio Sports
Red Bay's Roberts Gets 800th Career Basketball Win
By KEITH LETBETTER
“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years I?coached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than I?did.”
After earning a master’s degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater--Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay--and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state tournament.
Roberts, who owns a 658-223 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
Roberts said that it also requires the involvement of the community. “Everybody here is involved in it,”?he said. "They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.”
He said that over the years some of the best memories he has are those of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah. “I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”