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Tooele's Mel Roberts is the 2017 National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association, NHSCA, is proud to announce Mel Roberts, head coach at Tooele High School in Tooele, Utah as its National High School Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.

 Mel Roberts

Roberts, who retired at the end of this past season after 48 years as the head of the Tooele swimming program, makes NHSCA history by becoming the first coach to be honored as both a boys’ and girls’ Coach of the Year.  Roberts, who led both programs to 549 overall victories, was named the NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year in 2010.


“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Roberts as National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “It’s a pleasure to honor Coach Roberts, who has dedicated his life to the student-athletes at Tooele.  His commitment to excellence for his student-athletes in-and-out of the pool makes him an great choice for this honor at the end of an incredible career.”


Roberts’ 549 wins are 200 more than any other swim coach in Utah.  In addition to the victories, Roberts’ teams won 11 state titles. Roberts, who is a Tooele alum, was a great swimmer himself, having won four state titles when he was in high school.


Photo Credits: Tooele High School


Throughout 2017, the NHSCA will be honoring high achievers in the high school coaching community by naming Coaches of the Year in a total of 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.  It’s the 18th straight year that the NHSCA has presented its National Coach of the Year Awards.


Each one of the honorees will receive a beautiful trophy, plus they will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Past NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coaches of the Year

2016 – Tina Bates – Buchholz HS, Florida

2015 – Chris Plumb – Carmel HS, Indiana
2014 – Rich & Ron Blanc – Santa Margarita Catholic HS, California
2013 – Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, Colorado
2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina

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