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
Poeko Waiwaiole enters his first year as an assistant coach of the Southern Virginia women’s basketball program.
Waiwaiole served as a high school junior varsity head women’s basketball coach for Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon from 2014-2015. He led his team to finish second in the PIL with a 20-4 record.
From 2010 to 2014, Poeko coached at Aloha High School in Aloha, Oregon where his team made it the 6A Playoffs. In 2015 his team finished in fourth at playoffs, reaching the highest league finish in over 15 years.
Waiwaiole also head coached women’s varsity for two seasons (2005-2006/2008-2009) at Forest Grove High School. He assisted in coaching a season for the men’s basketball team at St. Joseph Junior/Senior High School (2004-2005) in Hawaii contributing to his teams second place finish in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation for Division II.
Poeko served as an athletic supervisor from 2010-2013 at Aloha High School in Aloha, Oregon. He also served as an athletic supervisor, junior varsity II co-head coach, varsity assistant girls soccer coach, and junior varsity assistant softball coach at Forest Grove High School. He was the assistant athletic director at Taft High School in Oregon.
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.
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.