Cabot's Steve Roberts named Athletic Director of the Year

The Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators’ Association will recognize Steve Roberts as the 2014-2015 Athletic Director of the Year at its annual summer meeting June 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Conway.

Roberts was selected by his peers as the 2014-2015 Athletic Director of the Year as well as the Class 7A Athletic Director of the Year.

Roberts has served as the Cabot athletic director since 2011. Prior to this position, Roberts was the head football coach at Arkansas State University for nine seasons. His teams won the Sun Belt Conference Team Academic Award eight of the nine years and his team’s graduation rate and team grade point average exceeded those of the general student population.

The 2005 A-State team earned the first Division 1 bowl berth in school history by winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship, the first championship since ASU made the jump to Division 1 athletics in the early 1990s. Roberts led his team to the schools only victory over a team from a BCS conference by beating Texas A&M in College Station in 2008.

While at Arkansas State University, he had several players selected in the NFL Draft, including some among the highest selections in school history. Roberts has earned victories over coaches who have won national championships and Super Bowls.

Roberts is a graduate of Joe T. Robinson High School and graduated cum laude in 1987 from Ouachita Baptist University. He earned his master’s degree in education from Southern Arkansas University in 1989.

Along with Roberts, winners of the Athletic Directors of the Year for each classification include:

2A – Carla Catlett, Western Yell County

3A – Randal Betts, Cedarville

4A – Mike Green, Prairie Grove

5A – David Hixson, Blytheville

6A – Paul Johnston, Marion

7A – Mike Lee, Bryant / Steve Roberts, Cabot

Overall – Steve Roberts

This is the third time the Athletic Director of the Year award has been presented to a Cabot athletic director. Johnny White received the honor in 2001-2002 and 2010-2011.

AHSAAA members select award winners during the school year. Individual winners are selected from each classification after conferences and districts nominate a winner from their respective conferences. A winner is named for each classification that receives nominations and an overall AD of the Year Winner is selected as well.

The luncheon is being held in conjunction with the annual Arkansas High School Coaches’ Association summer clinic.