Clive Roberts - Associate Head Coach (Sprints and Horizontal Jumps)

Clive Roberts - Associate Head Coach (Sprints and Horizontal Jumps)

Clive Roberts

Associate Head Coach (Sprints and Horizontal Jumps)

Clive Roberts is in his seventh season on the University of Iowa track and field staff, and his second as associate head coach. Since 2009, he has overseen women's sprints and hurdles (short and long), women's relays and men's and women's horizontal jumps.

Since arriving on campus, Roberts has led his student-athletes to 14 Big Ten titles, 26 All-America honors, and 16 school records.

In 2015, Babatunde Amosu swept the Big Ten Championships by winning conference titles in the indoor and outdoor triple jump. Amosu's performance marked the sixth and seventh times since 2011 Iowa crowned a league champion in the triple jump. Elexis Guster also defended her400-meters conference title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Hawkeye women appointed the new fastest women in program history in 2015. Lake Kwaza broke the school record in the 100 meters, and Brittany Brown set a new standard in the 200 meters.

In 2014, the women's 400- and 1,600-meter relays set school records and qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 400-meter relay won the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, and Elexis Guster won the women's 400 meters. Babatunde Amosu was the indoor conference champion in the triple jump.

In 2013, he guided freshman Klyvens Delaunay to a first team All-America finish at the NCAA Championships. Delaunay hit a season-best 52-2 1/2 (15.91) in the finals to place eighth in the triple jump. Roberts also coach Josh Larney to All-America honors in 2013. Larney earned honorable mention in the 100 meters and anchored the 400-meter relay to a sixth place finish.

From 2011-12, he coached four-time All-American and school record holder Troy Doris to four conference triple jump titles in as many conference championships.

The Hawkeyes set five school records in 2011, including two individual marks by Bethany Praska. Praska set the indoor and outdoor 800 meter records, and contributed to the record setting 1,600-meter (indoor/outdoor) and sprint medley relays. Roberts also coached Praska to conference titles in the indoor 600 meters and the outdoor 800 meters. The women's 1,600-meter relay also earned Big Ten gold at the outdoor championships.

In his first season with the Hawkeyes, Roberts coached All-American hurdler Karessa Farley and Big Ten outdoor triple jump champion Renee White. Farley set the school 60-meter hurdles record (8.21), while White broke her own outdoor triple jump school mark with a collegiate-best 43-10 3/4. Farley earned all-region honors in the 100-meter hurdles, and both competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Roberts served as an assistant coach for the Bowling Green State University women's team during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During his first indoor season with the Falcons, he guided sprinter Jessica White and hurdler Nicole Standback to successful seasons. White set the school record in the 60 meters (7.53) and placed third in the 100 meters at the MAC Championships. Her season-best time of 11.58 ranked second in school history and qualified her for the NCAA Regional, making her the Falcons' first sprinter to qualify since 2004. Standback placed third in the 60-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles at the conference meet, posting the third fastest 100-meter hurdles time (14.03) in school history.

Before joining the Bowling Green staff, Roberts served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Central Michigan University. During his stint with the Chippewas, Roberts coached 13 MAC Champions, two indoor all-Americans, and one USA Track Championship qualifier. The men's squad won the 2005 MAC indoor and outdoor team titles, and Roberts guided conference champions Pierre Vinson and Clarence Glenn to all-America honors at the NCAA indoor meet. Roberts coached the top placers in the 60, 200 and 400 meters, 60-meter hurdles, and 1,600-meter relay at the 2005 conference indoor meet, and the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and 110 and 400-meter hurdles champions at the conference outdoor meet. Vinson received the Most Valuable Participant award at both the indoor and outdoor championships. Vinson's personal best under Roberts was 10.29 in the 100 meters and Glenn's personal best under Roberts was 13.60 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Roberts was a hurdler Central Michigan, qualifying for nationals and placing second in the 60-meter hurdles at the MAC Championships. He was a Canadian Junior Champion in the 110-meter hurdles during his high school career.

Roberts currently is a Level II USATF certifified coach in sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. He is also a certified USATF instructor.

Roberts graduated with a degree in finance from Central Michigan in 2003 and a Master of Arts also from Central Michigan University in 2007. He has a daughter, Makaylah, and a son, Alexander. He and his wife, Dr. Niki Popp, and their son, Alexander, reside in Iowa City.

Roberts' Coaching Philosophy
I coach because I love the sports of track and field and because I feel it is what God created me to do. I feel a great responsibility to meet the needs of my student athletes both athletically and personally. There is no greater responsibility than to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone's life. I want to win and have successful teams but I will never make the success of the team more important than the welfare of the individuals I coach. It is my job to assist the head coach in leading the team in the right direction through emphasis on academics and ethical behavior, and to guide them athletically using training methods that are sound and have proven success. It is also my job to make sure that I am always taking the individual into account and what will work best for them to reach their full potential in all areas of life. A successful team is built around successful people. Without quality individuals as a foundation the team cannot be successful.

• Open communication is the key to having a good coach to athlete relationship. Without open communication the athlete and the coach will not be on the same page.

• There must be clear expectations for behavior and work ethic spelled out in the team rules and voiced throughout the year.

• Athletes must be held accountable for their behavior inside and outside of practice. Anyone who breaks team rules or puts himself or herself or the team in a negative position will have to be disciplined.

• All student-athletes will be expected to ultimately be responsible for their academic success and their athletic success. The coach's job is to lead the athlete but the athlete must be the one to follow the lead and take responsibility for his or her success and failure.