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Former women’s basketball coach Barb Robertson passes away

March 31, 2017
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The Simon Fraser University community is saddened to learn of the passing of former women's athletic director and women's basketball coach, Barb Robertson, who passed away March 24.
 
Robertson was appointed head coach of the Clan in 1972, a position she held for 11 years. SFU Athletics director Lorne Davies later promoted Robertson to women's athletic director, and she was instrumental in the initiative to allow female athletes full athletic scholarships.
 
Prior to coaching the Clan, Robertson starred for the UBC Thunderbirds in the 1960s and is credited with introducing the jump shot to women's basketball while at UBC, dispelling the theory that women weren't capable of executing this particular shot. Robertson began her coaching career while still an education student and player at UBC, coaching the UBC junior varsity team for 10 years.
 
Robertson was a well-known athlete growing up in Ocean Falls, B.C. In 1965, the year following her graduation, Robertson was one of the inaugural selections to the newly formed Canadian National Women's Basketball Team. She would play for the National team for four years, highlighted by a bronze medal performance at the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.
 
Robertson was inducted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame in 2009 for her outstanding work in the sport.
 
Information regarding a memorial service and celebration of life is not yet available.