Cameron Roberts has announced that he is stepping down as Senior coach of the University Blacks.
Roberts joined the Blacks in 2012 and was a key part of the Clubs climb back to Premier A in 2013.
After retiring as a player in 2013, he took on the senior coaching role in 2014 and has spent five seasons as coach of the Blacks, in 2014 and then from 2016-19.
Roberts departs the Blacks as a premiership coach, after the Blacks won the 2014 Premier A flag, the Club’s first Premier A premiership in 40 years. He also coached the Senior side to consecutive preliminary final appearances in Premier B in 2018-19.
University Blacks President Nick Carah paid tribute to Cam’s huge contribution to the Blacks.
“Cam has been a tremendous coach for us for a long period of time now, including coaching us to the Premier A premiership in 2014 and a number of other finals appearances,” he said.
“Having had a baby with his partner Kate earlier this year, he wants to spend more time with them which is a decision we fully understand and support. Cam is also mindful that it might be time for a new coaching voice to be heard at the Blacks and in his usual selfless way has put the Club best interests first.
“We thank Cam for his wonderful service and for helping build the strong culture that we have both on the field and off it. Through his game style, we’re known as a tough, hard side which are be difficult to beat no matter what the circumstances.
“Cam has earned his place in Blacks folklore and has been a positive influence on so many of our young players helping them grow as footballers and young men of integrity.”
Reserves coach and Seniors assistant coach Chris Smith has also decided to hand over the coaching reins after two seasons with the club.
He coached the Under 19s in 2018, before taking the Reserves to a the Premier B Reserves Grand Final in 2019.
"Chris has done an outstanding job with both the Under 19s and Reserves over the last couple of years. His dedication to both teams during his time with the Blacks has been outstanding," Carah said.
"He's certainly earned the respect of the playing group and we wish him well with his future endeavours."
The club will begin the search for new Senior and Reserve coaches shortly and welcome any expressions of interest to be directed to Head of Football Adam Pattison at email@example.com.