University of Pittsburgh - Track and Cross Country

KEITH ROBERTS | ASSISTANT COACH - SHORT SPRINTS/HURDLES

Keith Roberts returned to the University of Pittsburgh during the 2015-16 season. As assistant coach, his primary duties are with short sprints and hurdles. Additionally, he is director of recruiting for the track and field program.

In his first two seasons back at Pitt, Roberts has seen three of his student-athletes earn All-ACC honors, and three have qualified for NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. With Roberts’ guidance, Desmond Palmer garnered All-America first team honors in both the 110m and 400m hurdles in 2017.

Oakland is familiar territory for Roberts, who was a volunteer assistant for the Panthers during the 2005-06 season.

Roberts returned to Pitt following his tenure as associate head track and field coach at Grand Valley State University from 2010-15. During his five years at GVSU, he worked primarily worked with sprints, hurdles and relays. Roberts guided student-athletes to 37 All-American honors, 20 school records, 49 GLIAC Championship titles and 38 All-Academic honors.

During the 2015 season, Roberts coached NCAA Champion Sean Wells in both the men’s 60m hurdles (7.78) and the 110m hurdles (13.68) and led the women’s 4x100m relay to a fourth-place finish. Wells earned school records in the 60m hurdles, indoor 200m dash, and the 110m hurdles. During the 2014 season, Roberts coached All-Americans in the men’s and women’s 60m hurdles, women’s 200m dash, women’s 100m hurdles, women’s 4x100m relay, men’s and women’s 4x400m relays, and the men’s and women’s distance medley relays.

Roberts helped guide 12 women’s relay teams to NCAA Division II All-American honors. Roberts coached Chanelle Caldwell to runner-up performances in the 800m run in both the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships and a third-place finish in the 2012 Outdoor Championships.  Caldwell finished her career at GVSU with a total of 10 All-American accolades. Roberts also guided Brittney Banister to an All-American honor in the 100m dash with a fourth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

While at GVSU, Roberts led Kalena Franklin to a third-place performance in the 60m hurdles (8.37) during the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. Franklin, who improved from 14.76 in high school to 13.41 in the 100m hurdles, earned 11 All-American honors during her four years at GVSU. Franklin finished her senior year with All-American performances in the 60m hurdles, 200m dash, 100m hurdles and the 4x400m relay and holds five GVSU school records.

Under Roberts’ tutelage, the GVSU men’s 4x400m meter relay ran to a third-place finish at NCAA Indoor Championships in 2013. Roberts coached Nate Hammersmith to All-American performances in the men’s 4x400m relay in 2013 and 2014 and the distance medley relay in 2013 and to six GVSU school records.  Roberts guided eight GV student-athletes to compete at USA Junior National Championships.

While at GVSU, Roberts also directed track & field camps and speed clinics for the program and served as the team’s academic coordinator, directing study tables and working as a liaison between the track and field team and the Laker Academic Success Center. During his time there, the GV track and field team was named the USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year seven times and Roberts’ sprinters and hurdlers garnered 38 All-Academic awards.

From 2008-10, Roberts coached at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was the head track and field and cross country coach. In 2008 and 2009, Roberts guided Judy Bataille to a national indoor title in the 55m dash (7.00). During the 2009-10 season, Roberts led the men's cross country and track and field teams to conference titles.

Prior to Heidelberg, Roberts coached for the Logan County Elite Track Club and Bellefontaine High School during the 2006-07 season.

Roberts attended Kent State University, where he was a member of the track and field team and football team. Roberts competed at USA Junior National Championships and finished 11th at NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles in 2003. Roberts also won the Mid-American Conference title in the 60m hurdles and holds the 55m hurdles record at Kent State.

Roberts, a native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, attended Bellefontaine High School and earned his bachelor's of arts in interpersonal communication from Kent State University in 2005. He also finished his master's degree in education from Heidelberg and earned USA Track & Field Level 1 Certification.

Roberts and his wife, Tessa, welcomed their first child June 26, 2017, a baby girl named Kaia Grace.