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

Heather Roberts enters her first 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

2014-15—First season

Brennan Hand
Brennan Hand
Title: Assistant Coach; Head JV Coach
Phone: 540-261-8507
Email: brennan.hand@svu.edu

Brennan Hand enters his first year as an assistant coach for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball program and head women's jv basketball coach. He also serves as administrative assistant to athletics for Southern Virginia University.

Prior to assisting with women's basketball Hand spent three years as a men's soccer assistant coach. In Hand's first season with the Knights in 2012, men's soccer finished with a 10-7 record — the program's highest win total since 2003.

He was promoted as head coach of the Heritage High School (Lynchburg, Va.) varsity girls soccer team in July 2014 after serving as an assistant in 2013. Before Heritage, Hand served as an assistant boys soccer coach at Amherst County High School for the 2012 season.

Hand earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from High Point University and recently completed his master’s degree in sports administration from Liberty University.

Hand and his wife, Danielle, reside in Buena Vista, Va.

Sam Hair
Sam Hair
Title: Assistant Coach

Sam Hair enters his first year as an assistant coach for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball program.

Hair is a member of the VHSL referees association in central Virginia and was a member of the central Utah officials association. Hair is also a certified high school basketball official in the NHSL in the Southeast Nevada Association.

Prior to Southern Virginia, Hair was a member of the White Pine Jr. Jazz basketball club team in Utah and played high school basketball at Lund High School in Lund, Nevada.

He is currently working towards a bachelor's degree at Southern Virginia University.

Kristen Gardner
Kristen Gardner
Title: Assistant Coach

Kristen Gardner enters her first year as an assistant coach for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball program.

Prior to coaching at Southern Virginia Gardner was a gymnastics instructor for Club Body Co. in Lynchburg, Va.

Gardner played basketball and tennis at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Va.

Gardner resides in Lynchburg, Va.