Brian “Boomer” Roberts comes to Trinity International University following a successful stint as an assistant coach for Vanguard University (Calif.). As the Lions’ top assistant last season, Roberts helped guide Vanguard to an NAIA National Championship in Division I. He has spent the past four seasons at his alma mater, as Vanguard has posted an overall record of 72-54. During that time the team improved upon its win total each season, capping Roberts’ time with the program by claiming Golden State Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships along with the national title.
“I am blessed by this great opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program at Trinity International. It is an exciting time at TIU with the new leadership, and my family and I are ready to jump into the great community at TIU,” said Roberts. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us as a basketball program. We will be committed to diving into the lives of our young men to help mold them into men of character, men who compete at a high level in everything they do, and men who love each other and the Lord.”
Responsible for scouting, recruiting, and player development at Vanguard, Roberts worked primarily on the offensive game plan and worked individually with the team’s guards and wing players. He also worked with the team on their conditioning, maintained the program’s academic performance, and led Bible studies with the coaches and players.
Prior to his work with the men’s basketball program at Vanguard, Roberts was an assistant coach with the Lions’ women’s program. In two seasons, the Vanguard women posted a record of 58-7, reaching the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. The program never fell lower than fifth in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll during Roberts’ two seasons with the team.
During his playing career, Roberts was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, playing all four years for Vanguard frorm 2004-08. A career 42% three-point shooter, Roberts helped guide his team to a pair of 20-win seasons and an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.
Graduating from Vanguard in 2008, Roberts also earned his Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration in 2013. He and his wife, Brittney, and son Griffin, are in the process of moving to the area as Roberts begins his work with the Trojans this summer.
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