Former Assistant Coach Sam Roberts has been named Head Coach for Cross Country and Track/Field. Roberts was head coach at Knoxville West for 21 years before becoming the assistant Track/Cross Country Coach at Oak Ridge for 7 years. He has been at TWU for the last three years as an assistant Track Coach working predominantly with the sprinters.
While working at the high school level he was named Cross Country and Track-KIL Coach of the year, Metro Coach of the Year, and Regional Coach of the Year multiple times. He was also named State Coach of the year. From 2006 to 2012 he served as the President for the State Cross Country Coaches Association. He was also the President and Meet Director for Knoxville area Cross Country Coaches from 1992 to 2004. He had 40-State Champion athletes in Track/Cross Country, 3-State Champion teams as Head Coach, and 80-athletes who went on to compete at the college level.
While at TWU he was named USTFCCCA South Regional Assistant Coach of the Year five times.
He coached twelve Sprint/Hurdle/Relay All Americans and one Individual National Champion.
Roberts states "My goal is to continue the excellence started here by Shawn Jakubowski and Justin Herbert. We plan to live up to the academic, athletic and spiritual goals of the school. We also want to recruit, train and retain a national level program at Tennessee Wesleyan." He continues "I believe that God has placed me exactly where he wanted me at each stop of my coaching and teaching career. I look forward to the future as head guy at TWU."
Athletic Director Donny Mayfield commented that "Coach Roberts brings a tremendous amount of coaching knowledge to our cross country and track student athletes and I look forward to seeing our program continue to grow under his leadership."