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Dallas AD Roberts To Step Down

March 12, 2019

Nancy Roberts is a well-traveled individual. She can thank her experiences in the athletic field for taking her to East Stroudsburg University, Wilkes, Williams College and Rider University. She has coached basketball, worked within athletic departments and, for the last 10 years, was the athletic director at Dallas High School. On Sunday night, Roberts announced she is stepping away as athletic director, but plans to remain as physical education teacher within the school district. “I think it was an honor to be the athletic director at Dallas,” Roberts said. “It was important for Dallas to be progressive to have a female athletic director to show the male and female student-athletes we have gender equity in the district.” Roberts played basketball at East Stroudsburg and, after graduating, coached women’s basketball and softball at Wilkes before moving on to Williams in Massachusetts. There, she taught physical education and was the women’s head basketball and volleyball coach. She moved on to Kenyon College as the basketball and volleyball coach and spent 18 years at Rider, where she coached the volleyball team for 11 years and was the associate athletic director in charge of internal operations. Her proudest individual accomplishment at Dallas was treating male and female student-athletes equally. “From the budget to practice time to field time, I was proud I was able to make sure all our athletes had an equal opportunity,” she said. A recent online poll ranked Dallas 29th out of 500 schools in the state. Dallas was the lone District 2 school to be named to the list. “The poll was based on parents, players and participation,” Roberts said. “I am very proud of that.” A fixture around the gym as well as the fields at the Dallas campus athletic complex, Roberts admitted she will miss being around the games as well as the athletes. “I appreciate the opportunity,” Roberts said. “I am going to miss all the families, athletes and coaches.” Contact the writer: sbennett@citizensvoice.com; 570 821-2062; @CVSteveBennett on Twitter