Justin Herbert begins his second year as the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. In his first year at TWU, Herbert guided the Bulldogs to the 2016 AAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Team Championship while the Women’s team fell just short, finishing as the runner-up. The Bulldogs qualified multiple athletes for the NAIA National Championships under Herbert’s direction, including:
Leah Chance (Cross Country, Marathon)
Bryce Choate (800m)
Steven Dodd (4x100m)
Cadarius Harris (60m, 100m, 4x100m)
Chaz Hawkins (60mH, 110mH – All-American, 400mH)
Saheed Oyeshile (400m, 4x100m)
Josh Parsons (4x100m)
Hannah Rhodes (Cross Country)
Jacob Simmons (Cross Country)
Robbiccaa Williams (Cross Country)
Sheldon Wilson (4x100m – Did not compete due to injury)
The Bulldogs men and women combined for 24 school records and 12 individual conference champions in 2016, while Herbert was named the 2016 Men’s AAC Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking over the program at TWU, Herbert spent five years at conference rival Montreat College. At Montreat, Herbert more than doubled the roster size and brought the Cavaliers to new level of competitiveness, including guiding the Cavaliers to the school’s first AAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Team Championship in 2013. Herbert was named the 2013 Men’s AAC Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Herbert began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Central Methodist University where he served as the Cross Country coach for one season before accepting the position at Montreat College.
As an athlete, Herbert qualified for the NAIA National Championships eight times at Cedarville University, including a 10th place finish in the 2007 NAIA National Championships in the Marathon. Herbert lives in Athens, TN with his wife, Elisabeth. He holds a BA in Education from Cedarville University, an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently a third-year student in the Doctorate of Education program at Regent University where he is studying Higher Education Leadership and Management.
Coach Roberts comes to TWC after 29 years as a High School coach at Knoxville West (21 yrs) and Oak Ridge (8 yrs).
Roberts coached Tennessee State Champions Cross country teams in 1994 (boys) and 1998 (girls) and also had a championship team in Grils track in 2006 and was assistant coach for State winning Cross Country teams at Oak Ridge in 2007 (boys and girls), 2009 (girls) and 2010 (girls).
During the years at West and Oak Ridge Roberts coached 45 individual state champions in Sprints, Jumps, Hurdles, Relays and Distance/Cross Country.
Coach Roberts won several State, Knoxville Metro and Knoxville Interscholastic League Coach of the Year awards while at West and is a former President of the State and Knoxville area Cross Country Coaches associations.
At Tennessee Wesleyan Roberts will deal primarily with Sprints, Hurdles and strength training.
Coach Roberts is married to Tammy Roberts (32 years), has two children, Haley (27) and Haden (21) and a grandson, Copeland (3).