Cheyne Roberts Earns Prestigious Kyle Rote Jr. Award from the NCCAA

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) is the First PBA Men's Soccer Player to Earn the Kyle Rote Jr. Award. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Cheyne Roberts (Pictured) is the First PBA Men's Soccer Player to Earn the Kyle Rote Jr. Award. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

GREENVILLE, S.C.- Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer senior defender Cheyne Roberts has been recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as this year’s Kyle Rote Jr. Award Winner for overall excellence in his sport. A four-year starter for the Sailfish, Roberts becomes the first PBA men’s player to earn the award that has been handed out at the NCCAA National Tournament since 1987.

In addition to his outstanding accomplishments on the field again this season, which were recognized over the weekend at the NCCAA South Regional Tournament with Roberts being named the South Region Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, Roberts is also considered for this national award for his excellence and service off the field.

Having never missed a game in his storied career, Roberts has epitomized versatility not only with his ability to perform at a high level seemingly anywhere he is placed on the field, but also as an outstanding student-athlete in the classroom, and a spiritual leader for his team.

A native of Plant City, Florida and a product of Plant City High School, Roberts has logged many impressive accolades through his four seasons as a Sailfish. During his freshman season, Roberts led his team to the first of three consecutive NCCAA South Region Championships and a spot in the NCCAA National Championship. During that championship, Roberts was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player and finished the season as PBA’s leader in goals (12), assists (8), and total points (32).

During his sophomore campaign, Roberts once again led the Fish to new heights as they tallied a program-best 14-4-2 record.  Along the way, Roberts earned NCCAA All-American honors while being named the NCCAA National Championship’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, marking the first time in the history of the NCCAA that a player had been recognized for both the Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive player awards during their career. Roberts’ squad made it all the way to the NCCAA National Championship in 2007 before being narrowly defeated in penalty kicks.

Robert’s junior season presented yet another outstanding accomplishment as he became the first PBA men’s soccer player to be named to the NCAA/NSCAA All-Region team, garnering 2nd-Team honors as a defender while also tallying team-leading totals in goals (10), assists (11), and total points (31). Roberts also tallied his third straight spot on the NCCAA All-American listing.

Now into his senior season, Roberts has continued to show excellence on and off the field with another outstanding season. Concentrating solely on defense this season, Roberts still has managed to put home six goals and two assists in leading PBA to an 8-5-2 record entering play at the NCCAA regional tournament. In addition to his on-field work, Roberts has been named a two-time NCCAA Scholar-Athlete as well as being a key member of the team’s worship leaders.

Kyle Rote, Jr. simply excelled in every area of life. He played every available sport but soccer grabbed his allegiance in his teen years and he was an All American selection during his days the University of the South.  He rose to worldwide fame as the first US professional player to be viewed as superstar during the days of the North American Soccer League.  He played with and against the game’s best including Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best, and Rodney Marsh.  He achieved some of his greatest fame by winning the Superstar Competition in which top athletes from every professional sport competed in a wide array of skills.  He bested the likes of Lynn Swan, Drew Pearson, and Franco Harris.  Throughout his career in sports and today as a representative for professional athletes, Kyle Rote, Jr. simply let his faith in Christ drive him to be excellent as a husband, father and community leader.  The NCCAA is proud to be able to present an honor of this magnitude in Kyle’s honor.

These awards, sponsored by the Gary Beck Foundation, highlight excellence in competition, skill and service.  Mr. Beck was an NCCAA All-American student-athlete at Greenville College (IL) and currently develops multiple health insurance products across the United States. 

Joining Roberts on the NCCAA All-Region team were fellow seniors Joe Yurchak, Johnathon Clark, and Chance Sumner, along with junior Kyle Crouse.

Head coach Jose Gomez earned his fourth-straight NCCAA South Region Coach of Year honor, having taken the Sailfish to the NCCAA National Tournament the last four consecutive seasons.

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