John Roberts -- Camp Director
Coach Roberts founded the Furman Rugby program in 1998, and has guided the team to three national Division III titles and five South Championships. Last year, the Paladins (now D II) compiled a 9-2 recod, won the Southern Rugby Conference, and finished the 15s season ranked 6th nationally. Roberts' career coaching record is 165-60-1. Over the past five years, his teams, known for their well-drilled and passionate play, have compiled a remarkable 70-16 record. Roberts has served as coach of the Palmetto Collegiate All-Stars for three years. He currently serves as Commissioner of the Southern Rugby Conference, which includes 12 Div. II college teams.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Roberts was president of the Gamecocks rugby team and has played for men's teams in Augusta and Greenville. He has been a lifelong ambassador for rugby and is very well regarded in rugby circles. He is intensely competitive and a master motivator who believes that "perfect practice makes perfect." From 2010-13, he coached a high school team (the Greer Spartans). His high school coaching record is 34- 18-1, with eight of those losses coming during the team's inaugural season.
Roberts has worked at Furman University for 18 years. He currently serves as Communications Director in the university's department of marketing and public relations. In 2009, the Furman University’s Board of Trustees voted to name the rugby pitch in his honor. Roberts is married to Brandis Timmons Roberts. They have five children, Zach, 20, Maggie, 18, Alley, 17, Julianna, 16 and Max, 14. They live in Greenville, 15 minutes from campus.