Jason Roberson doesn’t mind the extra workload commonly associated with his profession.
In fact, the Prattville Christian basketball coach simply views the long-drawn out practices, the film sessions and the extensive game planning as part of a day’s work.
“If you truly enjoy what you do, then you’re going to put in the time and effort into it,” Roberson said. “My job as head coach is to put in the hours so that I can prepare my team to play the best that they can.”
However, there’s just one slight wrinkle in Roberson’s job description that separates him from most of his high school coaching peers — he’s responsible for both the girls and boys squads.
“To be honest, it’s a little more time consuming,” said Roberson, who’ll pull double duty at today’s Central Regional. “But if you love the game of basketball, it just makes it double the fun. It’s awesome to be in this position.”
Both Prattville Christian teams face Aliceville in Class 2A. The girls tip off at 3 p.m., while the boys immediately follow at 4:30 p.m. at Alabama State’s Acadome.
Roberson was strictly in charge of the boys team for the past three seasons until school officials asked him to take over the girls program in the offseason. He had only served two previous one-year stints at the helm of a girls hoops squad.
Not only would the 2012-13 season present a laundry list of challenges, but his approach would be altered as well. Each squad had to ultimately carve out its own identity under the same coach to assure maximum production from the vastly different personnel.
“With my experience, I knew it was going to be a little different coming in,” Roberson said.
Anyone familiar with Prattville Christian basketball understands that Roberson brings an intense coaching style to the bench, an aspect transfer Kristen Emerson experienced while attending a rival school.
“When I used to go to East Memorial and we’d came play here, I used to think he was crazy,” Emerson joked. “You could see him going off on the boys. Then I came here and got to experience him, I realized that he’s totally different.
“He’ll encourage you and when he needs to get on you, he’ll get on you — that’s what a coach is supposed to do.”
The Panthers have surpassed all expectations under the direction of Roberson during the private school’s inaugural season in the AHSAA. The girls have a 31-0 record, and the boys have compiled a 23-9 mark heading into today’s matchups.
“He’s passionate about both teams,” senior guard Nathan Graham said. “You can see it through the ways both of our seasons have gone. He loves basketball, no doubt.”
Adam Roberson agreed.
“Neither team would be where they’re at today if it wasn’t for him,” he said. “There’s no doubt that he puts an equal amount of effort into both teams. I knew it has to be tough on him because coaching two teams isn’t easy, plus he wants to win in both.”