2000 Hall of Fame Inductee
MILTON R. "MILT" ROBERTS
Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (1949)
Men's Lacrosse Head Coach (1950-57)
Recognized as the "Father of Lacrosse" in the state of Delaware, Roberts dedicated his life to the sport that he loved. An All-American player at Johns Hopkins University after beginning his career at Navy, Roberts co-founded the UD men's lacrosse program with Harry Rawstrom in 1949 and served as head coach for eight years from 1950-57, leading the 1956 team to a 7-3 record and a No. 17 national ranking. He later settled in Lewes, Del. and played a prominent role in promoting the development of lacrosse at the high school level. He established the first public high school lacrosse team at Cape Henlopen HS in 1979 and coached there for three seasons. A noted historian of the game, Roberts became the first Delawarean inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1981. He was inducted into the state of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. A lacrosse scholarship at UD is named in his honor. He was a 1948 graduate of Johns Hopkins and earned three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his military service. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 72.
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