The Burlington School is excited to announce Will Roberson as the new Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach effective July 1, 2018. An Assistant Athletic Director since 2016 and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at TBS since 2013, Roberson replaces Ron Johnson who has been in that role for the last five years and served as an excellent mentor.
“I cannot think of anyone better for this role than Will,” said Ronnie Wall, Head of School. “He has continued to show commitment and dedication to the students at TBS and his leadership skills are exemplary.”
Roberson has been instrumental in the success of the Spartans basketball team over the last five seasons. He helped lead the team to a 141-11 overall record during that span, including a 54-game winning streak and state championships in 2015 and 2017. Throughout his tenure at TBS, Roberson has helped nine players go on to play at the collegiate level. Roberson also earned a 61-5 record as the head coach of the middle school/JV teams at TBS.
“I am truly thankful to Mr. Wall for this great opportunity,” said Roberson. “The Burlington School is defined by excellence in academics, arts and athletics and I am grateful to continue to be a part of this exceptional student-centered community. I am thrilled to continue to work alongside TBS’s outstanding faculty and staff and our passionate and dedicated students.”
Before coming to TBS, Roberson worked as a college coach for nine years, where he coached over 20 players that went on to play at the professional level. He was an assistant coach at Elon for four years, helping to lead a program turnaround from nine wins in 2009 to 21 victories in 2013 and the school’s first Division I postseason appearance. His responsibilities included recruiting, scheduling games, scouting opponents and monitoring the team’s academic progress. Roberson helped recruit, develop and coach several all-conference selections and future professional players, including Elon’s all-time leading three-point shooters (Tanner Samson and Jack Isenbarger) and all-time leading shot blocker (Lucas Troutman).
In 2008-09, Roberson was the top assistant at Emory University in Atlanta and helped lay the foundation for a program that has advanced to six straight NCAA Tournaments. He recruited multiple all-conference selections and an Academic All-American.
Prior to his time at Emory University, Roberson worked as a graduate assistant at ACC member Clemson University in 2006-07, alongside fellow assistants Shaka Smart (current University of Texas head coach) and Will Wade (current Louisiana State head coach). Led by a talented roster including current Indiana Pacer Trevor Booker, Clemson started the season 17-0 en route to the championship game of the NIT in Madison Square Garden.
Roberson began his coaching career at his alma mater, Davidson College, where he served as the Director of Basketball Operations from 2002-2005. During those three seasons, the team won 57 games, including a 16-0 record in the Southern Conference in 2004-05. As an undergraduate, he served as the team’s head student manager for four seasons, including the 2001-02 season that saw Davidson win 21 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to his traditional coaching assignments, Roberson traveled to Nigeria in the summer of 2013 with the organization Access to Success. On this trip, he planned and executed a basketball camp for several hundred participants as well as participating in an empowerment camp and an after-school camp. In addition, he organized and delivered a coaches’ clinic for approximately twenty Nigerian coaches. He has taught English, US History and Psychology at TBS and planned and led student trips to locations such as New Orleans, Costa Rica, and Washington, D.C. Roberson has served as faculty advisor to the Honor Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Roberson graduated from Davidson College in 2002 with a B.A. in History.
Quotes from Others Within the Basketball Community
“Insightful, committed and caring, Will is going to be a superb coach at The Burlington School.”
- Bob McKillop, head men’s basketball coach, Davidson College
“Will Roberson is a great selection by The Burlington School as head boys basketball coach. I have had the privilege of observing him as an assistant coach on our staff here at Elon University and also during his time at TBS as a teacher and an assistant coach. He possesses an excellent skill set that has him well-prepared for this new opportunity - an excellent hire!”
-Dave Blank, Director of Athletics, Elon University; TBS parent
“Coach Will has been one of the most influential mentors and coaches I’ve had. He will do anything to help me and my peers get better. He’s someone I can always rely on when I need something whether it is advice or I want to work out. He has sacrificed so much to help others and I can’t thank him enough.”
- John Meeks, TBS ‘17, Bucknell University ‘21
“Playing with and being around Coach Will has definitely affected my game and life positively. We have the relationship where we can talk about anything, which is always good to have from an adult figure. There has been a lot of knowledge passed from him to me. He tries to smile through adversity on the court keeping everyone positive and confident. I’m just excited to see him grow the culture of success that we have established over the past few years.”
- Terry Woods, TBS ‘17, Randolph Macon College ‘21
For more information about The Burlington School, please contact Miranda Rodriguez at 336.228.0296 or firstname.lastname@example.org