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image Former Tooele High swim coach Mel Roberts will be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on Monday in Salt Lake City. Roberts coached the Buffaloes for 49 years, recording a win percentage of 78.4 percent.

April 2, 2019
Former THS swim coach Roberts to join Hall of Fame

Mel Roberts, who coached boys and girls swim teams at Tooele High School for 49 years, will be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on Monday at 7 p.m.

Roberts will be honored at a banquet at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

The former THS swim coach was named National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year/Female in 2010 and National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year/Male in 2017.

He coached six All-Americans and 42 Scholastic All-Americans.

Roberts’ boys teams compiled a won-loss record of 549-103 while his girls teams compiled a record of 463-96. 

Roberts overall record as a coach was 1,012-299 for a winning percentage of 78.4 percent. His teams won 11 state championships and 43 region championships.

Other spring inductees include David Arslanian, Calvin Albrecht, Bryan Griffin, Brad Hawkins, Ladd Holman, Dave Peck, Larry Wall and Jim Wiscomb.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at

Seating will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online registration closes Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m.

Contact Dave Nordquist at 801-430-3588 with questions or concerns regarding ticket orders for the banquet.

An expanded story and photos of Roberts and his career will appear in a future issue of the Transcript Bulletin.


Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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