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Brooke Roberts


Inducted 2016

Born and raised in Bakersfield, she graduated from West High School in 1970 where she competed in swimming. Attended Bakersfield College for two years, earning her Associate of Arts degree, then attended Cal Poly for five quarters and then transferred to Fresno State where she earned her degree in physical education and then her teaching degree. Roberts began her coaching career in track at Selma High School in 1976, then taught three years at Fairfax Junior High School where she coached basketball and softball. She joined the Garces High faculty in 1979, where she taught algebra and PE while coaching volleyball and softball for nine years. Roberts joined the North High faculty in 1988, spending five years there and coached only volleyball. Centennial High School opened in 1993 and Roberts moved to that school where she taught and coached volleyball until her retirement in January 2014. She retired with an 884-253 record over 35 years, the most wins by a volleyball coach in Central Section history. Her teams won 24 league championships and 14 Central Section titles. Eight of her other teams were runners-up in the section. Two of her Centennial teams won state titles: Division II in 1995 and Division I in 1996. She was The Bakersfield Californian's All-Area Coach of the Year 11 times. Roberts was also named state coach of the year in 2012 by the California Coaches Association. She and her husband, Randy, have been married 40 years. They have a son and daughter, who have both gone into coaching, three granddaughters and a grandson. "The fact that Randy and I were able to coach and work together at the same school for 25 years was special," she said. "We shared an understanding of the time commitments required and the passion and emotional involvement necessary."