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
Alma Mater: Michigan (B.S., 2001)
Team Highlights Under Scherr-Wells:
2012-13 CCAC Regular Season Championship
2012-13 CCAC Tournament Championship
2012-13 NAIA Championship Sweet 16
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 quickly proven she is the right person for the job.
One need look no further than the historic 2012-13 campaign. 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.
Under Scherr-Wells' watch, Davis has earned three straight All-CCAC nods, including two consecutive First Team honors, while Tamburrino has garnered two straight All-CCAC selections, including First Team recognition in 2012-13. Davis has also earned Honorable Mention NAIA All-American honors from the WBCA.
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.
Signs of a successful 2012-13 season were apparent in Scherr-Wells' second season with the team, as the Lakers posted a 15-16 record, including a pair of victories over NAIA Division II Top 10 programs. The Lakers bested then-#10 St. Ambrose, 79-75, on Nov. 27 and then two weeks later topped then-#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 Maria Tamburrino and 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 freshman Kiara Towles, the league's top rookie rebounder, on the All-CCAC Second Team.
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 Admissions Office 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 went on to Michigan where she joined the women's basketball team. 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.
Scherr-Wells is married to Ryan Wells and resides in Glen Ellyn, Ill.