2012-13 WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year Finalist
2012-13 WBCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year
2012-13 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
Two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) NAIA Division II Coach of the Year (2012-13, 2013-14)
Career Coaching Record (through 2013-14): 77-51
Alma Mater: Michigan (B.S., 2001), Roosevelt (MBA, 2014)
Team Highlights Under Scherr-Wells:
2012-13 CCAC Regular Season Championship
2012-13 CCAC Tournament Championship
2012-13 NAIA Division II Championship Sweet 16
2013-14 NAIA Division II Championship Round of 32
No. 5 National Ranking in 2013-14
No. 8 National Ranking in 2012-13
Charged with building Roosevelt University's first-ever women's basketball team, Robyn Scherr-Wells, who was hired on September 1, 2009, has launched the Lakers into national prominence in a short amount of time.
Scherr-Wells is the architect of a Roosevelt program that evolved from basketball debutante in 2010-11 to a championship-winning Top 10 national team less than three years later.
The young head coach has led the Lakers to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season and tournament championships in 2012-13, back-to-back NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship berths (2012-13, 2013-14) spurred by consecutive 20-plus-win seasons, a national ranking as high as fifth in the country, and a bevy of athletic and academic honors that feature a pair of All-American student-athletes.
One need look no further than the historic 2012-13 campaign to see Scherr-Wells’ successful plan unfold. With a core group of juniors from Scherr-Wells' first recruiting class at Roosevelt that was headlined by All-American guard Casey Davis and Honorable Mention All-American forward Maria Tamburrino, the Lakers won a school-record 28 games and went 19-3 in conference play to claim the program's first-ever CCAC regular season championship and the automatic berth to the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship.
The Lakers wrapped up the top seed in the 2013 CCAC Tournament, bringing the league's final four to the brand-new Goodman Center that opened in December of 2012. The new digs proved kind to the Green and White, as Scherr-Wells' squad outlasted a tough Purdue Calumet squad in an overtime semifinal win before defeating Cardinal Stritch to capture the team's first tournament title.
Roosevelt took that momentum to Sioux City, where the Lakers, seeded second, defeated Friends (Kan.) in the first round of the NAIA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 and put another historic "first" in the record book.
Scherr-Wells, who was named CCAC Coach of the Year for the Lakers' banner 2012-13 season, also led Roosevelt into the national rankings for the very first time. The Lakers entered the NAIA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll at No. 23 and eventually rose to as high as No. 8 in the country. Roosevelt would earn a No. 10 ranking in the final postseason poll.
With a target on their backs and no one to surprise after a historic 2012-13 season, the Lakers faced a bevy of tough tests in 2013-14 and passed many of them with flying colors. Roosevelt began the year with six straight wins before falling in the final seconds of overtime on the road to eventual national champion Saint Francis (Ind.). Despite the close loss to a team that finished undefeated, the Lakers resumed their winning ways and fought off injuries to key contributors to turn in another banner campaign.
Led by the high-scoring Davis, who led the CCAC with an average of 21.2 points per game that rated sixth in the nation and lifted the senior guard to unanimous First Team All-America status from the NAIA and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Roosevelt won 21 games, reached a ranking as high as No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, and garnered an at-large berth to the NAIA national tournament.
Under Scherr-Wells' watch, Davis earned four straight All-CCAC nods, including three consecutive First Team honors, while Tamburrino garnered two straight All-CCAC selections, including First Team recognition in 2012-13.
In addition to being named CCAC Coach of the Year by her conference peers, Scherr-Wells was named the 2013 WBCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA's National Coach of the Year award, garnering national recognition for guiding her team to the national stage for the first time. She was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NAIA Division II Coach of the Year in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Signs of success brewing in the past two seasons were apparent in Scherr-Wells' second season with the team, as the Lakers posted a 15-16 record that included a pair of victories over NAIA Division II Top 10 programs in 2011-12. The Lakers bested then-No. 10 St. Ambrose, 79-75, on Nov. 27 and then two weeks later topped then-No. 10 Grace, 81-71. For the second straight year, Roosevelt boasted there All-CCAC honorees with Davis earning All-CCAC First Team accolades, while teammates Tamburrino and Kiara Towles were selected to the All-CCAC Second Team.
Scherr-Wells spent her first year recruiting and laying the foundation for a high-octane squad that finally took the floor for the first time on November 2, 2010. It proved to be an impressive debut for the Lakers and Scherr-Wells as she guided the team to a decisive 69-54 victory over Trinity Christian College.
Roosevelt would go on to post 13 victories in its inaugural season and receive numerous postseason accolades. Davis was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year after ending the season as the league's top rookie scorer. Junior Peggie Parhas earned All-CCAC First Team honors while Davis joined fellow freshman Towles, the league's top rookie rebounder, on the All-CCAC Second Team.
The Lakers’ on-court success under Scherr-Wells’ leadership is complemented by her team’s consistent academic excellence. Paced by the example set by two-time NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Erin McCaslin and 2013-14 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Tamburrino, Roosevelt has consistently wielded outstanding team and individual grade point averages while earning a variety of accolades in the process. For the past two seasons, Scherr-Wells and her team have earned WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll recognition for their outstanding team GPA.
Roosevelt is also active in the community, as the Lakers women’s basketball team has participated in community service projects ranging from supporting the Play 4 Kay breast cancer awareness initiative, World Sport Chicago’s partnership with Chicago Public Schools to promote physical activity in local schools, Special Olympics Chicago basketball events, and other programs that allow the Lakers to give back to others in need.
Scherr-Wells was already a part of the Roosevelt family when she was hired as head coach. The former assistant women's basketball coach at Portland State and administrative assistant at Michigan, Scherr-Wells was plucked from the Roosevelt Office of Admission where she was serving as an admissions counselor.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and a 2001 graduate from the University of Michigan, Scherr-Wells has always had a passion for the game of basketball. She played on the No. 2 team in the nation in 1995 as a member of the AAU Illinois Hustle and was the starting point guard for Glenbard West before moving on to Ann Arbor, where she joined the Michigan women's basketball program. With the Wolverines, Scherr-Wells started as a manager/practice player as a freshman and eventually earned an athletic scholarship her sophomore season for her role in that capacity for the squad.
Following graduation, Scherr-Wells played for Athletes in Action during their tour of Spain in 2001 before heading to the University of Arizona where she served for three years on the campus ministry staff for Athletes in Action, working closely with the student-athletes and coaches. In 2005, she returned to the University of Michigan to be the administrative assistant for the women's basketball team, serving in various capacities with the team under the mentorship of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Coach Cheryl Burnett.
After one year in Ann Arbor, Mich., Scherr-Wells headed to the northwest, becoming the assistant women's basketball coach at Portland State. With the Vikings during the 2006-07 season, she coached the perimeter players and helped develop rookie Claire Faucher into the Big Sky Conference Most Outstanding Freshman. Scherr-Wells also served as the academic coordinator for the team, handled all team travel, scouted opponents and coordinated the film exchange program among other duties.
Scherr-Wells left Portland State following that season to take on the role of Senior Admissions Counselor at Northern Arizona University, where she stayed for one year before returning home and joining the Roosevelt staff.
In addition to her head coaching duties at Roosevelt, Scherr-Wells also makes an impact through her role as Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services. She advises student-athletes on academic offerings and support services, coordinates and manages Lakers Study Table, serves as the athletic department staff liaison to Roosevelt’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), initiates service projects and connects the department with various academic and support departments on campus.
Scherr-Wells recently completed her Master of Business Administration at Roosevelt's Walter E. Heller College of Business, earning her MBA degree in 2014.
Scherr-Wells is married to Ryan Wells, who coaches football at Scherr-Wells’ alma mater Glenbard West. They reside in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Marty Scherr is in his fifth season with the Roosevelt women's basketball team, aiding the squad as an assistant coach.
With Scherr’s veteran presence on the bench, the Lakers have evolved from a first-year program in 2010-11 into a nationally-ranked Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion. The Lakers have won 77 games in Scherr’s four years as an assistant coach, including a school-record 28 wins in 2012-13 and back-to-back 20-win campaigns heading into year five.
Two All-American student-athletes in high-volume scorer Casey Davis and versatile forward Maria Tamburrino, a bevy of All-CCAC honorees, 2012-13 CCAC regular season and tournament titles and a national ranking as high as fifth in the country are just some of the many highlights that have happened while Scherr has helped the Lakers grow into a women’s basketball power.
The first call that Robyn Scherr-Wells made when she was hired to be Roosevelt’s first head coach in 2009 was to Scherr, her father and the man who taught her the game of basketball. However, it wasn’t the familial ties that made bringing Scherr on board a no-brainer. It was his decades of coaching experience and connections across various levels of women’s basketball that made him the ideal candidate to serve as Scherr-Wells’ top basketball aide.
Scherr brings a wealth of experience to the sidelines for the Lakers having coached women's basketball for over 20 years at all levels, including most recently as the sophomore girls basketball coach at York High School in 2009-10. He also is familiar with coaching in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference having spent two seasons (2003-05) on the sidelines as an assistant coach at St. Francis University in Joliet, Ill.
Scherr also spent almost 10 years coaching at the AAU level. He started the first girls travel team in Glen Ellyn, Ill., in 1991, serving as the director and head coach of the Purple Devils Basketball Club. He then moved on in 1994 to take on an assistant coaching role with the Illinois Hustle, where in two years he helped the squad to back-to-back top 10 finishes at the AAU National Tournament. During the 1998-99 season he took over head coaching duties for the Silver Stars AAU program, leading the team to the ‘Sweet 16' at the AAU National Tournament.
Scherr has also served Roosevelt in his capacity as Coordinator of Compliance and Eligibility and as the first head men’s golf coach. He held both positions, in addition to his assistant women’s basketball coaching duties, up until the fall of 2014, when he turned his full focus to women’s basketball heading into the 2014-15 campaign.
Scherr received both his Bachelor of Arts (1970) and Master of Arts (1975) degrees from the Western Michigan University, where he was a member of the baseball team.
Scherr and his wife, Sharon, live in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
All-America Honorable Mention and All-CCAC First Team standout Maria Tamburrino, the only student-athlete to start all 128 games in the first four years of the Roosevelt women’s basketball team’s existence, returns to the Lakers as a student assistant coach.
Tamburrino, a former team captain, will serve on head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells’ staff as another key guide on the sidelines while she completes her student teaching requirements in Roosevelt’s secondary education program with an emphasis on mathematics.
Fresh off a decorated four-year career for the Lakers, Tamburrino was an iron woman who started every game during her tenure, the only Roosevelt student-athlete to do so, while finishing as the Green and White’s all-time career leader in total rebounds (984) and rebounding average (7.8 rpg). She also finished second all-time in scoring (1,512) and assists (271) while completing her time with a school-record 28 double-doubles.
While leading the Lakers to their first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season and tournament titles en route to a historic first-time berth and subsequent Sweet 16 finish at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in 2012-13, Tamburrino garnered All-CCAC First Team honors and Honorable Mention All-America accolades from the NAIA. She averaged a career-high 13.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, the latter being a team high and school-record average, while propelling Roosevelt to a national ranking of No. 8 in the country.
She was named an All-CCAC Honorable Mention award-winner in 2013-14 and Second Team All-CCAC in 2011-12. A four-time CCAC Player of the Week, Tamburrino was also honored by her teammates in her final three years by being voted as the winner of the program’s Heart of the Lakers Award from 2011-2014. The Heart of the Lakers Award recognized Tamburrino’s efforts on and off the court as an excellent teammate.
In addition to her basketball prowess, Tamburrino displayed sharp academic acumen. She received Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior, was a three-time CCAC All-Academic Team member and a key component to Roosevelt earning WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll recognition in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
A native of West Dundee, Ill., Tamburrino was a three-time Daily Herald All-Area and All-Fox Valley Conference pick during her standout prep career at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. The versatile athlete, as proven by her ability to play multiple positions during her Roosevelt career, also lettered in soccer and golf for the Golden Eagles while excelling as a National Honor Society and High Honor Roll student in the classroom.