Roberts named head men's basketball coach

Roberts named head men's basketball coach

LAIE, Hawaii – Longtime assistant Gabriel Roberts has been named BYU–Hawaii men's basketball head coach Tuesday, becoming the fifth coach in the Seasiders' 38 year history.

"I'm both humbled and grateful for the opportunity to coach such a well-respected program," Roberts said. "It's an honor to continue after a legend like Ken Wagner and I look to build on the rich tradition he left behind of excellence both on and off the court."

Roberts succeeds legendary coach Ken Wagner who he assisted for eight years. He is only the second head coach for BYU–Hawaii at the NCAA Division II level.

"Gabe's been a loyal assistant here and he's just a great person," former head coach Ken Wagner said. "I can't think of anyone that will do a better job in the final season and making sure the players have a great experience and season."

Roberts has helped guide the Seasiders during several of their best seasons including a 27-2 run in 2008-09. He has also seen and coached well-known BYU-Hawaii players Lucas Alves, Marcus Whippy and Jet Chang.

The Seasiders achieved an overall record of 159-62 with five berths into the NCAA West Regional during Roberts eight years.

Roberts earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Brigham Young University in 1999 and finished a master's in sports management from American Public University in 2014.

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