Utah extends women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts’ contract

Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Utes head coach Lynne Roberts talks with her team during a first-half timeout. Utah lost 69-58 to Oregon State, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

Utah women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts received a contract extension that will run through 2023, the university’s outgoing athletic director, Chris Hill, announced on Monday.

We really like the direction Lynne is taking us and the contract extension affirms our support for our women’s basketball program, which we think has a bright future under Lynne’s leadership,” Hill said in a news release. “We’re elated that Lynne wants to stay at Utah and compete for championships.”

Hill announced his upcoming retirement at the end of March, but Monday’s announcement apparently secures the leadership of the women’s basketball program for the next five seasons.

Roberts, a native of Redding, Calif., has an overall record of 52-44 (21-33 Pac-12) in three seasons with the Utes. She’s compiled a 273-219 career record in 16 seasons as a head coach, including stints at Chico State, Pacific and Utah.

I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like Utah,” Roberts said in the release. “I have been so inspired by the terrific administration here, led by President Ruth Watkins and the best athletic director in the country in Chris Hill. Starting from the top, the administration really puts coaches in a position to be successful. This Utah community is so fun to be a part of and I’m blessed to call Salt Lake City home.”

The Utes went 18-14 overall this past season, placed eighth in the Pac-12 (8-10) and advanced to the second round of the WNIT, the program’s third consecutive WNIT appearance under Roberts.

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