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Milton Roberts

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1980


Johns Hopkins University

Milton Roberts began playing lacrosse at Annapolis High School in 1935. In 1937 and 1938, he prepped at Severn School, for the U.S. Naval Academy, and was named All-MSA both years. Milt played center on the undefeated Navy Plebe team in 1939, then transferred to Johns Hopkins University where in 1941 he was a member of the Blue Jay's National Open Championship team. 

Returning from service in World War II, where he was awarded three bronze battle stars and the Purple Heart, he resumed his playing career at JHU, and participated in the North/South game in 1946. In 1947 he played for the Annapolis Lacrosse Club, in 1948 for Mt. Washington's Open Champions, and in 1951 for the National Club Champion, Maryland L.C.

Roberts started his coaching career at the University of Delaware in 1949. He brought Delaware into the USILA and the Penn-Delaware Association, and was head coach at the University for eight years, 1950-1957. Three times, Roberts was named as a coach for the North-South game ('50, '55 and '56) and for the College-Club All-Star games in 1949 and 1952. He returned to Severn School in 1960, where he served as assistant coach and scout for six years. In 1965, he moved to Lewes, Delaware, where in 1979 he founded Delaware's first public high school boys lacrosse team, and in 1979 and 1980 he coached Cape Henlopen High to two winning seasons. 

Milt served as an officer of the USILA for six years, and was a member of the executive board for the USLCA. He was also a member of the All-America Advisory Committee for five years and chairman of the Middle Atlantic Lacrosse Committee in 1956. Roberts authored a two-volume history of the game entitled "The Lacrosse Story", which received two awards, and he served on the editorial staff of three national magazines.  

He has done research and writing in the professional football field for the NFL, and in the Black College football world for Black Sports Magazine. He also contributed to Arthur Ashe's book, 'A Hard Road to Glory.'  Milt passed away in 1991. He was posthumously inducted into the State of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame.