Bobby Roberts

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Bobby Roberts was Clemson's fifteenth head basketball coach, 1963-1970, serving for eight seasons. He was the head coach when Littlejohn Coliseum opened in 1968. He had an 82-116 record at Clemson, including a then record of 41 wins over ACC teams. He is still the co-holder (in 2009) of the Clemson coaching record for ACC road wins (14).

Born in Laurens, South Carolina, Roberts was hired as Clemson's freshmen coach in 1958 and went 50-20 in four seasons. He was hired as the Tigers' varsity coach in 1962.

His best season was 17-8 in 1966-1967, a record that would have been an NCAA Tournament season by today's standards. During that season Clemson beat all four North Carolina ACC schools within eight days, including North Carolina and N.C. State in the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte. Duke was ranked 14th and North Carolina third in the UPI poll at the time.

He submitted his resignation to Coach Frank Howard, athletic director, on February 11, 1970, effective at the end of the season.

Roberts passed away on June 22, 2002 at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, where he had battled lung cancer for several years. He was 74. Roberts was survived by his wife Bobbie Ann, and children Mike, the men's basketball coach at South Carolina-Aiken, and Lessie.


Preceded by: Press Maravich Clemson University Basketball Coaches Succeeded by: Tates Locke