Whether it’s hitting the links or serving up a delicious steak, Ann Marie Roberts is a top choice in Craig.
Roberts has been making her mark on the youth of Craig for years.
A Craig native, she recently started working and living in the city full-time, and has therefore been able to get involved even more.
Roberts is coach of the Moffat County High School girls golf team and co-owner of the Double Barrel Steakhouse on Ranney St. with her husband. She has been successful thus far in both ventures and considers herself lucky to be where she is.
After finishing up at Doane College in Crete, Neb., Roberts helped out at a golf course in Lincoln, Neb. and eventually was hired there. Later she came back to the Craig area and became assistant to Chuck Cobb, who was the golf pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course at the time.
Roberts also helped with the girls golf team, which Cobb coached, until he decided his time was up and passed the gig along to Roberts. Cobb said it was the natural move to make, given Roberts’ golfing pedigree and penchant for coaching.
“When I felt my time was done as a girls golf coach, Ann Marie was back and I thought it was a great fit, not only because of her expertise in the game of golf, but also being a female with the girls golf team is a good fit as well,” Cobb said. “She had grown up working for me at the golf course and was active in our junior golf programs. She was familiar with the kids, worked well with the kids and I think it was just a natural fit.”
Cobb was right and Roberts, entering her ninth season this spring, has no desire stop.
“I love it,” Roberts said about coaching. “They’re a great bunch of kids and every year you’re thinking, ‘how long am I going to do this?’ But there’s always a couple kids that show up that you just can’t leave. They’re a lot of fun.”
Roberts' foray into Craig's restaurant industry started when the Double Barrel Steakhouse moved from Hayden to its current location on Ranney Street. As a result of being in Craig full-time, she has been able to get more involved in the community, a place about which she is passionate.
Roberts has joined the Moffat County Commitment to Excellence Committee and the Booster Club, and may join the board of the Chamber of Commerce as well. Her desire to be involved comes from enjoying working with youth and promoting the community.
“I don’t like to join something and then not see it go forward,” she said. “I just do things and I like to see them progress. I’ve always liked kids and I think the schools in general are important. I think we’re seeing a big change being involved in that community.”
In Cobb's opinion, anything Roberts gets her hands on will be better off for it.
“I think she’s a great person and a great teacher,” he said. “She’ll keep doing that for many years, as long as she’s in Craig I’d imagine.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org