Few coaches have turned around a program as quickly as Susan Roberts, who enters her fifth year as head coach of the Lady Wolverine softball team.|
After consecutive 3-14 seasons in 1993 and 1994, Roberts led Grove City to a 12-9 record in 1995 and has improved on that mark in each of the last two seasons. The Lady Wolverines finished 14-6 in 1996 and last spring went 17-11, their winningest campaign in the last decade.
Roberts, named Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995, has directed Grove City to second-place league finishes in two of the last three seasons. The team posted a 7-3 record in the PAC last season, marking its best winning percentage since going 5-1 in 1990 and its most conference wins since finishing 8-2 in 1988.
Roberts completed her 13th season as head coach of the women's volleyball team last fall, leading Grove City to its 12th straight winning season. She was named NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1985 after guiding the Lady Wolverines to 41 consecutive victories. Since then, she has collected seven PAC titles and two ECAC crowns. She currently ranks among the top twenty winningest active coaches in Division III with a career record of 388-188, including a 336-154 ledger at Grove City. Roberts coached the Lady Wolverine basketball team for eight years from 1985 to 1993 compiling a record of 101-78 (.564).
Born in Ontario, OH, Roberts received her undergraduate degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1975, where she was a three-sport star in field hockey, softball, and basketball. Roberts continued on to the University of Arizona to earn her master's degree in biomechanics.
Before coming to GCC, Roberts was the volleyball and basketball coach at King College (TN) for two years. Prior to King, she served as associate athletic director and head basketball coach at Furman University (SC) and head field hockey, basketball, and track coach at Davidson College (NC).
She lives on Lake Latonka outside of Mercer.