In this week's edition of the Deseret News Sports Podcast, DeseretNews.com writer Carter Williams chats with first-year Utah women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts about the Utes' turnaround from a 9-22 (3-15 in conference) team last season to a 12-5 start (4-2 in conference) this season heading into a crucial stretch that begins with a five-game home stand.
"I think change is sometimes good," Roberts says. "I think it can give you a shot of adrenaline just as a program. I think it was just kind of maybe jolt — change is leadership sometimes makes everybody work a little bit harder — kind of get after it more. â¦ and we got some players that had been injured back healthy and thatâs been huge."
Roberts also discusses her path the coaching, which began with an interest in science (following the footsteps of her brothers who finished off post-doctorate degrees) before taking multiple jobs to help her pay through graduate school.
"My passion was definitely basketball and I was a college basketball player, so I loved that," she recounts. "I kind of bounced around major wise and couldnât really sink my teeth into anything. Then my college coach, who is now the coach at Boise State, he said 'you ought to think about coaching' and I said 'all right.'"
She also shares the funny story behind why her office in the Jon Huntsman Basketball Facility became soundproofed because of her upstairs neighborâs loud musical selection.
This and more on the Deseret News Sports Podcast!