Heather Roberts
Heather Roberts
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 540-261-8519
Email: heather.roberts@svu.edu

Heather Roberts enters her second season as Southern Virginia head women's basketball coach after being hired in April of 2014.

Roberts comes to Southern Virginia following a tremendous coaching career at the high school level in the state of Oregon. A four-time Coach of the Year award winner, Roberts tallied 264 wins, 14 playoff appearances and six state tournament appearances during her 17 seasons as a head women's basketball coach.

Most recently, Roberts coached at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore. Prior to Sprague, she enjoyed a successful six-year campaign at Canby High School (2006-13), leading her teams to six consecutive postseason appearances. Before Canby, Roberts enjoyed a five-year tenure at Lakeridge High School (2001-06), highlighted by three separate top-five finishes in the state tournament (4th Place in 2005; 2nd Place in 2004; 3rd Place in 2003).

She also coached five seasons at Ashland High School from 1996-2001, recording 78 wins. Her coaching career began at David Douglas High School in 1995.

In addition to coaching, Roberts has taught family and consumer studies at the high school level, with her courses of instruction including career education, children's art and literature, foods and nutrition, child development, interior design and human relations. She has also taught physical education courses ranging from kickboxing and weightlifting to Pilates and aerobics.

Roberts received her bachelor's degree in human development from Oregon State University in 1994. She went on to achieve a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in home economics from Oregon State in 1995.

Roberts served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas, from 1990-92.

Heather and her husband, Jason, are the parents of Manti (23), Micah (19, member of Southern Virginia women's tennis team), Mosiah (19) and twins Moroni and Malachi (9).

Southern Virginia University Coaching History

2014-Present—First season as head women's basketball coach; 8-17 career record (.470); coached one All-CAC second team player

Rebecca Mann
Rebecca Mann
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 540-261-8519
Email: becca.mann@svu.edu

Rebecca Mann enters her first season as an assistant for Southern Virginia University’s women’s basketball program.

Mann played for the Southern Virginia varsity basketball team from 2006-2008 and as a junior helped the team take second at the USCAA National Tournament. Before coming to Southern Virginia she served as team captain, received All-Region MVP, and was named All-State second team at Rainy River Community College. 

In 2007-08 she was a weight room advisor at Southern Virginia University. 

After playing, Mann interned for Mesabi Range Community College Athletics where she assisted in summer basketball camps. She later served as an intramural sports coordinator at Southern Virginia, organized promotional advertisements, and initiated a campus-wide wellness program. 

Mann graduated Southern Virginia University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in 
physical education and recreation administration. 

Rebecca and her husband, Logan-the head baseball coach at Southern Virginia-reside in Buena Vista, Virginia, with their two children, Kinzley and Baylor.

Poeko Waiwaiole
Poeko Waiwaiole
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 540-261-8519
Email: poeko.waiwaiole@svu.edu

Poeko Waiwaiole enters his first year as an assistant coach of the Southern Virginia women’s basketball program.

Waiwaiole has 18 years of high school basketball coaching experience and has been a head coach for 12 seasons at four different high schools. All four schools made it to the playoffs.

From 2010 to 2014, Poeko coached at Aloha High School in Aloha, Oregon where his team made the state playoffs three times, including the first time since 1996. He also led the team in 2014 to a fourth place finish in the super competitive Metro League, the highest finish for the school in 15 years.

He graduated in 1993 from Pacific University with a bachelor’s of arts degree in history and a minor in politics and government. He went on to earn a master’s of arts in teaching secondary social studies in 1997. He currently teaches high school social studies.

Poeko and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of Noheaililani (18), Keahiokahaku (16), Kaiea (13), and triplets Kamakila (10), Malia (10), and Pokii (10).

Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 540-261-8519

Jason Roberts enters his first year as an assistant coach of the Southern Virginia women's basketball program.

Roberts has coached in numerous positions for many years with various youth ages.

In 1989 Roberts won the Idaho State Championship for Skyline High School as a senior.

Before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Houston, Texas Roberts played basketball at BYU Hawaii and after returning he played at Ricks College.

In 1995-96 Roberts played at Oregon State University where he was awarded the 'Slats Gill Award'. This award was given to the player who best represented the ideals Coach Gil expected - leadership, hard work, and dedication.

Jason and his wife, Heather, are the parents of Manti (23), Micah (19, member of Southern Virginia women's tennis team), Mosiah (19), and twins Moroni and Malachi (9).

Don Cromarty
Don Cromarty
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Don Cromarty enters his first year as a volunteer assistant coach of the Southern Virginia women's basketball program.

Cromarty has coached high school for 20 years in Vanderhoof, British Columbia and Louisville, Kentucky.

Don and his wife, Marianne, reside in Buena Vista. They are the parents of Brandi, Chance, Chauntel, and Djay.