The number three story of 2019 takes us back to the hardwood as we look back on the firing of Chrissy Roberts as head coach.
Chrissy Roberts is a EKU Hall of Famer, she has done a lot to help the Lady Colonels to achieve the success they have. Roberts played for Eminence high school where she was a 1st team All State selection her senior season and played in the prestigious KY Ind all star game. She was also an All American that season. She attended the university of Kentucky but after two seasons she transferred to EKU where she helped lead the Colonels to a pair of OVC regular season championships and a conference tournament title. It would mean EKU first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The following season the Lady Colonels would once again see postseason tournament play this time in the WNIT. During her playing time at EKU she was 1st team all coonference and the player of the year in 1998. She was also an honorable mention All American her senior season.
She would become an assistant coach for EKU for two seasons before going to East Carolina for eight seasons. The Lady Colonels needed a new head coach and didn’t have to look hard for their coach as Roberts returned to Richmond and became the teams 8th head coach in history.
It took Roberts six seasons but she had the team competing for the OVC title finishing 2nd in back to back seasons in the East division. She led the Colonels to one postseason tournament back in 2013 as they appeared in the WBI. Her final season saw the team struggle only winning two games and being the only division one team in the country to not win a game versus another division one opponent.
She was relieved of her duties on March 3rd and finished her career at EKU with 122 wins. Just a couple weeks later EKU named Samantha Williams the 9th head coach in school history. Williams come to Richmond from Louisville where she as an assistant for eight seasons. The Cardinals reached the NCAA tournament each year including two final fours and an appearance in the 2013 championship game.
Even though the tenure of Chrissy Roberts didn’t finish the way anyone wanted you can’t take away what she has done for the program. Colonel family wishes Coach Roberts the best in her future and thank her for time at EKU.