Robyne Bostick will serve as NAU's interim head coach for the 2016-16 season. She is entering her fifth season overall on the staff, having spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach who worked primarily with the Lumberjack post players.
Last season, Bostick coached Alyssa Rader to Big Sky Outstanding Freshman honors as Rader led the Lumberjacks in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. With Bostick's guidance, Rader averaged 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and ranked 38th in the country with a conference-leading 13 double-doubles. Rader also was named NAU's Female Newcomer of the Year.
Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks continued to thrive during the 2014-15 season as Bostick coached them to all-conference honors. Banks was named to All-Big Sky Second Team after averaging 13.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She grabbed a total of 266 rebounds, the second-highest single season total in school history, and finished her career with 615 career rebounds, fifth-most in the NAU record books. Anderson earned her first all-conference nod with All-Big Sky honorable mention recognition as she posted career-high averages of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Anderson concluded her career with 83 blocks, finishing sixth all-time in school history.
Under Bostick's tutelage, Anderson and Banks enjoyed breakout seasons as juniors in 2013-14 in their first full seasons as starters. Banks was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection after averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, finishing the season as one of four players in the conference to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. The duo finished the season as two of the top three in the Big Sky in field goal percentage. Banks led the conference with a .590 field goal percentage, setting a new school record. Both players also cracked the top 10 single game charts in NAU history with career-best rebounding performances.
Bostick has over 10 years of collegiate women's basketball coaching experience, all at the Division-I level, and most recently served as the associate coach at Long Island University. She has also served as an assistant coach at Princeton, Air Force, Vanderbilt, and James Madison.
Throughout her coaching career, Bostick has been instrumental in developing pre-season and post-season conditioning programs while also implementing and developing game plans from scouting. She has also developed recruiting plans and individual skill workouts and has experience managing team equipment and coordinating team travel. Bostick also has organized, developed, and supervised summer basketball camps with as many as 200 participants per week.
Since 2008, Bostick has been a certified personal trainer and recreation assistant in Colorado Springs, developing fitness programs for soldiers and civilians at Fort Carson and assisting with weight resistance and cardiovascular training. She has also served as a certified basketball official for the Colorado Springs Basketball Officials Association since 2007.
From 2004 to 2006, Bostick worked as a morale, welfare, and recreation supervisor on United States military bases in Iraq. Her duties included managing the day-to-day operations of recreation and fitness facilities on the bases in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and organizing intramural leagues and tournaments for various sports. She supervised a staff of 25 personnel, prepared monthly calendars and newsletters, and coordinated with military commanders on special events.
Bostick is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame after a storied playing career at Saint Joseph's University. As a senior, Bostick led the Hawks in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (7.6). SJU's captain, she earned a multitude of awards following that season, as she was named a Kodak District II All-American, First Team All-Atlantic 10 and Most Valuable Player of the Hawk Classic. She was the Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 1991 and she currently ranks 14th on SJU's career rebound list with 481 and 10th on the all-time field goal percentage list (.494). Bostick helped to lead Saint Joseph's to a Big 5 title during each of her four seasons and was inducted to the school's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Bostick's grandfather, Wilson Riles, was an NAU graduate in 1940 and the Riles building on campus is named after him. Riles was the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in California and served three terms as the elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He founded the Wilson Riles Archives and Institute for Education in Sacramento as a resource for historical information about K-12 public education in California.
Bostick graduated from Saint Joseph's in 1993 with a bachelor's in psychology and earned a master's degree in sports and exercise science-sport administration emphasis from Northern Colorado in 2009.