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National: Oregon High School Names Female For Boys Head Coach Position

Heather Roberts - Photo Credit: Katherine Cook

Yamhill-Carlton High School high school out of Yamhill, Oregon has named Heather Roberts as their new boys basketball head coach. Roberts' hiring makes her only the second female to lead a varsity boys basketball program in the state of Oregon, the first was Genevieve Beaman, who coached Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon in the 1930's. Roberts has been a longtime girls basketball coach and has had a lot of success "turning around programs" as Yamhill-Carlton athletic director Matt Wiles stated in regards to the hiring of Roberts. "At the end of the day, you take the best candidate for the job," Wiles added and went on to say that Roberts' ability to turn "losing programs into winning programs in a short period of time wasn't lost on us." In her 17 years of coaching in the state of Oregon, Roberts as won 266 games. She will be taking on a program in Yamhill-Carlton, which went 3-21 in 2018, marking its fifth consecutive losing season. "I'm not naive to think things won't be said. I'm sure it's coming," Roberts said in reference to her hiring at Yamhill-Carlton. "I'm hopeful it won't happen. But that's ok, I'm kind of ready for that," Roberts went on to say.

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