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host reflected back on a "critical milestone" in her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, saying she was grateful for her "longtime girlfriend" Amber Laign, among others. News that Roberts has been in a 10 year same-sex relationship with Laign, who is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in working with people recovering from injuries. The family moved to California from Lebanon, NJ, where Amber attended the Round Valley Middle School.3. Moving Experience: Laign reportedly graduated from Clayton Valley High School in Concord, Calif., in 1992.When Lin Dunn was fired from Purdue University, Fortner was hired to replace her as head coach.In her first year, Fortner led a Purdue team that returned just four players to a Big Ten regular-season conference title in 1996-97, going 17-11 overall and 12-4 in conference play. News confirms that Roberts and Laign, a Bay Area native, met through mutual friends (who are, apparently, some fantastic matchmakers).2.The Right Touch: According to Laign's Linked In account, she studied massage therapy at The Swedish Institute of Health Sciences for a year in 2008, and specializes in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point.4. Before opting to become a licensed massage therapist (a career she's been doing for four years now), Laign worked as a sales representative for Berger & Stevens (a showroom that displays "unique collections of evening wear, separates, sportswear, and accessories which they can then proudly present to the nation's finest specialty stores") for nine years.The season ended in an overtime loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament to #2 ranked Old Dominion, the eventual runner-up.
She has received numerous awards including the 1997 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 USA Basketball Coach of the Year and the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year.She led Texas to its first national ranking in women’s basketball and a seventh-place finish at the AIAW national tournament.Her 1,466 career points are among the top scoring leaders in school history, and her 142 games played rank her fourth in Texas history.She was also named the National Coach of the Year by the Basketball Times. Beginning in summer 1995, Fortner took a position with USA Basketball, serving as an assistant coach for one year under Tara Van Derveer.Fortner left the Boilermakers after one season upon being appointed coach of the U. The 1995-96 USA Basketball Women's National Team posted an amazing 52-0 run that culminated with a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Fortner was named the 2000 USA Basketball Coach of the Year.
However, as she was already committed to her post as the coach of the United States Olympic Team, she continued coaching Team USA through the 2000 Olympic Games.