Roberts, who was a graduate assistant swimming coach at Springfield College at the time, said his initial reaction was sadness. “I swam for J.P Gowdy. Coach Gowdy is an incredible coach who did some amazing things with this program over the past eight seasons. I was sad to see him leave, not only because of all he did for me during my time as an athlete, but because of what he meant to the program in general.”
But then Roberts realized the opportunity staring him in the face. He had often thought about coming back to Wheaton to coach; now, he had a chance.