Courtesy of Eastern Michigan Sports Information Department
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Head Track and Field Coach John Goodridge is pleased to announce the addition of Sterling Roberts, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in 2003, to the Men's Track and Field coaching staff as an assistant coach. He will be in charge of coaching the sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and high jump.
"I've known Sterling since he was an athlete at EMU and was impressed with his competitiveness in training and competition,” remarked coach Goodridge. “I admire his efforts to develop professionally as he has been successful as a head high school coach, Division III assistant coach and most recently as a Division I assistant coach at the University of Illinois."
Most recently, Roberts worked as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Illinois where he assisted with the development and modification of the training program for male sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers. He coached four different NCAA Preliminary Qualifiers.
Prior to his year at Illinois, Roberts was an assistant coach at Defiance College from 2008-11. While at Defiance he was charged with recruitment of male/female jumpers, hurdlers, and sprinters, including assisting in establishing a database for coordinating recruiting among all coaches. He also coached an NCAA Division III national qualifier in the pole vault, high jump and decathlon.
Roberts also has coached at the high school level as he was the head coach of the Wakefield High School track and field programs in Raleigh, N.C. While at Wakefield he coached five high school All-Americans including the Nike Indoor National 200 meter Champion.
Roberts graduated from Eastern in 2003 where he was a four-year varsity track student-athlete. He competed as a sprinter and hurdler who specialized in the 400-meter hurdles. Roberts was a two-time All-MAC award winner, while he also was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that won a MAC Championship in 2002. He later earned his master’s degree from Defiance in 2011.
"This is such a storied program and I am very grateful for the opportunity that coach Goodridge and the university are affording me to be able to come back and be a part of it, once again," said Roberts.