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Roberts, Eugene L. (Eugene Lusk), 1880-1953



  • Existence: 1880 - 1953

Biographical History

Eugene L. Roberts (1880-1953) was an athletics coach at Brigham Young University.

Eugene Lusk Roberts was born May 13, 1880 in Provo, Utah. While spending his childhood and young adulthood in Utah Valley, he married Sytha Brown in 1906. Soon thereafter they served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany.

After his return he attended the University of Utah, studying under William Gilbert Anderson. He spent 1909-1910 serving as an assistant instructor at Yale University only to return to Utah County to serve as the Coach of Athletics at Brigham Young University between 1909 and 1910, and coached the university's basketball team between 1911 and 1928. As coach, he led BYU to place second in the National Amateur Athletic Union tournament in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. During this time, he also served as a member of the National Basketball Rules Committee Advisory Board between 1925 and 1927. In 1949, he was awarded the Helms Athletic Foundation medal for his service as BYU's basketball coach. While coaching basketball, he also coached track--which led to him helping Olympic athletes like Alma Richard and Clinton Larsen winning records in 1912 and 1932.

Roberts passed away in Provo, Utah on July 9, 1953.

Citation:, viewed May 29, 2010, viewed January 4, 2017

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Afton P. Margetts portrait of Eugene L. Roberts

 Collection — Object 1: [Barcode: 31197232562287]
Identifier: MSS 8959
Scope and Contents

Contains a portrait of Eugene L. Roberts, a former athletics coach at Brigham Young University, painted by Afton P. Margetts. The date of production is not identified.

Dates: date of production not identified

Oral history interview with Clayton Jenkins

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 49
Scope and Contents

Interview by Hollis Scott with Clayton Jenkins discussing Jenkins' involvement with various Chamber of Commerce concerns, and his professional career in the knit goods business. Touches upon some historical aspects of Brigham Young University and its contributions to the area economy. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1981

Oral history interview with William J. Snow

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 42
Scope and Contents

Interview by Helen Stark with William J. Snow, Jr. of his reminiscences of his pioneer grandfather, and his father's and his education at Berkeley and Brigham Young University. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1979

Photograph of Eugene L. Roberts

 Digital Record
Identifier: UAP2_F074_p074bottomright

Photograph of men's gymnastics class

 Digital Record
Identifier: UAP2_F082_p082topleft

Eugene L. Roberts letters and diary excerpt

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 901
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copies of four letters and an excerpt from a diary. The letters relate to Roberts' attempt to gather material to write a biography of Benjamin Cluff (1858-1948), president of Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah. The items include an excerpt of Cluff's diary in 1904 and letters written about him in 1890.

Dates: 1890-1947

Eugene L. Roberts papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 562
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, reports, a thesis and practicum manuscripts about Roberts, and research materials for "History of BYU Physical Education, Sports, and Athletics, 1875-1901." Also includes printed programs, news clippings, songs and poetry concerning the Timpanogos hike.

Dates: 1875-1972

Knute Rockne letters to Eugene L. Roberts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233620779]
Identifier: MSS 7691
Scope and Contents

Four facsimiles of letters from Knute Rockne, football coach at Notre Dame, to Eugene L. Roberts, football coach at Brigham Young University. The letters, dating 1923-1927, discuss football strategy and exchange pleasantries.

Dates: 1923; 1925; 1927