Boomer Roberts has put together quite the list of accomplishments in his relatively short coaching career.
Roberts was an assistant at Vanguard University (California) when the Lions won the NAIA Division I men’s national championship in 2014. Roberts then took over as the head coach at Trinity International in Deerfield, Illinois. He took over a program which had five wins the year prior and compiled a 84-48 mark during his four-year tenure. The team was 50-17 the last two seasons.
Roberts’ newest challenge will be doing the same at Purdue Northwest, as PNW director of athletics Rick Costello named Roberts the new men’s basketball head coach this week.
“Boomer fit the mold of exactly what we’re looking for in a new coach,” Costello said in a statement. “He did an amazing job turning the Trinity International program in a short time and instills a ton of energy and passion into his programs. He is a rising star in the collegiate coaching profession.”
Roberts knows he has a big challenge taking over Purdue Northwest as the Pride won just two games last year. It’s a challenge that he doesn’t shy away from.
“We understand it’s going to be a challenge,” Roberts said. “I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t feel like we had a chance to push this boulder up the mountain. Every coach wants to do it quicker. It takes a lot of work to identify the right guys.”
Roberts will be officially introduced at a news conference May 24 at the Paul K. & Barbara Graegin Academic Excellent Center in Hammond.
“We need to put our heads down and go to work,” Roberts said. “We need to understand the gap between the best and us. It’s a daily thing and if we can shrink that gap a little each day, Purdue Northwest has an excellent opportunity to see growth.”
Weinman to join Crusaders: While Mary Evans is putting the finishing touches on her staff, the first-year Valparaiso women’s basketball coach has made her first impact on the recruiting trail.
Carie Weinman, a 5-foot-9 guard from Glenview, Illinois, announced on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that she would be transferring to Valparaiso from Denver. A former high school teammate of Valparaiso junior Caitlin Morrison, Weinman averaged 6.4 points while shooting 44 percent from the 3-point line in 13.1 minutes per game with the Pioneers.
Weinman was a fourth-team All-State selection her senior year and averaged 15.6 points and 4.0 steals per game for Glenbrook South. Weinman will sit out the 2018-19 season because of NCAA transfer requirements and then have three years of eligibility.
Evans is expected to announce her coaching staff within the next several weeks.