MEET THE STAFF
Former Longhorn, Ashley Roberts, dates her basketball career back 16 years. Bringing both passion and expertise to the court, she is ready to help YOU believe and achieve! The University of Texas graduate studied Physical Culture and Sports with a minor in Business.
Ashley Roberts began playing basketball at a very young age. She attended Duncanville High school located in Duncanville, Texas; one of the most renowned academic and athletic programs in the entire state. While at Duncanville, Roberts played under the legendary UT alumni, Cathy Self Morgan. Roberts, a four year varsity letter winner, developed a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game while leading her team. Inspired heavily by Morgan, Roberts is eager to pass on that knowledge to the next generation of young players.
Ashley Roberts is the epitome of what it means to conquer adversity! Tearing her ACL did not hinder her success, even if it slightly altered her ideal journey. As a result of the injury, Roberts detoured to a Junior College to jump-start her collegiate career. She attended South Plains Junior College located in Levelland, Texas, playing under head coach Michelle Wyatt. While attending South Plains Junior College, Roberts broke several records and received accolades such as, WJCAC All-Conference First Team, First Team All Region, and WJCAC All American Honorable Mention. With only the second in school history to receive this honor, Roberts left her mark on the program, catching the attention of Karen Aston, head coach at The University of Texas.
Roberts went on to play her last two years at The University of Texas under the leadership of Karen Aston. Helping the Longhorns to a successful 20 win season and back to the NCAA tournament. Roberts class was a pivotal piece that helped bring The University of Texas back to national prominence. Playing under Coach Aston allowed Ashley to gain the proper experience that she needed to become a successful basketball player, ultimately leading to coaching aspirations.
Roberts received a coaching position at Dessau Middle School immediately after graduating. During her first year, she relied heavily on her collegiate experiences, essentially allowing her to foster into a coach who possess a tremendous amount of passion and drive. As a result of her tireless efforts, one year later, she became the Head Girls Varsity Basketball coach at Cedar Creek High School.
Coach Ashley Roberts hopes to spread the knowledge that helped mold her into the coach she is today. With her experiences and drive, she aims to empower those who aspire to play at the next level. Proper guidance and mentorship will allow Roberts to reach those players who are eager to develop their game and succeed at all levels.
Favorite motto: "If you don't sacrifice for what you want, what you want will become what you sacrifice"
Hobbies: Reading, Getting nails done and playing basketball
Most important thing I learned from sports is to build relationships and practice the way you would play
Coach & Trainer
Coach Kia Love was born and raised on the outskirts of Houston, Tx in a suburban area called Clear Lake. Like many she started playing basketball at the tender age of 5. She played competitive AAU and summer league basketball all throughout middle and high school, while also school ball. By her senior year at Clear Brook High School she and her teammate, the starting Center were known as “The Clear Brook Duo” aka the high school girl versions of Kobe and Shaq. By the end of her 2 year letter run she received Honorable Mention, 1st Team All District, District MVP Runner Up (behind Brooke McCarty) and the United States Army Reserved National Scholar Athlete Award.
She then went on to play at Temple Junior College as a Freshman. Coach Kia is no stranger when it comes to adversity. During her freshman year she took a backseat to the starting seniors in front of her. The following year she suffered from a broken wrist in her shooting arm and was sidelined once again.
Kia transferred to Concordia University her Junior year and was determined to get back on the court. There she started at the Power Forward position averaging 8 ppg, 4 Rbs, and 32 mins a game. She also received New Comer of the year, Received Academic Honors on the Dean’s List and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education.
Kia is currently coaching at Meridian World Charter School. During her first year as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach her team made it to the second round of playoffs.
Coach D grew up in Pflugerville, Texas where she attended Pflugerville High School. From high school she played at Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor of science in Psychology with a minor in Biology and African American Studies. She had a focus in Pre-Medical science. While at Oklahoma State she was 1st team all academic Big 12 for three seasons. She also received the Arthur Ashe JR Award and was team Captain for her team for two seasons.
Her favorite hobby is reading
Her favorite motto is "Change your thoughts and you change your world" - Norman Vincent Peale
Most important thing learned from sports is to work smarter
Coach & Trainer
Coach Ade who also goes by Coach Dae was born in Lagos, Nigeria but grew up in Pflugerville, Tx where she attended Pflugerville HS and was a three year letter winner in basketball. She was also named to the first-team All-Central Texas in each of her final two seasons. As a senior, she claimed Texas Girls Coaches Association Academic All-State and academic all-district honors. She was also nominated for McDonald's All-American as being named to the TGAC 5A All-State, first-team Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region and District 25-5A Most Valuable Player after averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while adding 1.9 assists, 3.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per outing.
After high high school she was selected to play in the U19 World championship for Women as a member of the Nigerian National team. She played college basketball at Tulane University where she got her bachelors degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. On the court she finished her career with 3 WNIT post seasons and 1 NCCA postseason as well as being ranked second in career games played at 131. She rank 11th all-time in Green Wave history in career boards, and 8th in all-time in offensive rebounds at Tulane. After college she became a graduate assistant for the Women's basketball team at Southern Illinois University where she got her masters in Public Health. After her masters program she became the Director of basketball Operations at Southern Illinois University for two seasons.
Her favorite hobby is playing soccer.
Her favorite motto is No regrets just lessons learned.
The most important thing she have learned from sports is that talent is easy to come by now and days and the players that set themselves apart are the players that work hard and give it 110% every time.