Daron Roberts now owns the distinction of being the first Harvard Law graduate to join the Mountaineers coaching staff.
Formerly of the Detroit Lions, Roberts will assume the title of special teams coordinator as well as coach of the inside receivers, according to ESPN's Bruce Feldman. Beyond his J.D. from Harvard, Roberts was also the student body president at The University of Texas, which is probably a more prestigious title than being Mayor of Huntington. Not only that, but he has a degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and served as an aide to Senator Joe Lieberman. An accomplished guy, no doubt, but one that had to struggle his way into coaching.
Roberts declined his law firm offers and wrote 164 letters—one to the head coach and one to the defensive coordinator of all 32 NFL teams and the top 50 college football programs. He received one reply, from Herm Edwards, then-head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, inviting him to serve as an unpaid training camp intern. He leapt at the opening. At the end of training camp, he convinced Edwards to keep him on as a volunteer during the regular season, and he eventually became the Chiefs' defensive quality control assistant. After the 2008 season, Roberts moved with defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to the Detroit Lions.
At the very least, Roberts brings a level of education and pro experience that is unrivaled on the current Mountaineer staff (and, well, every other staff in the country). He looks to be an outstanding hire for Stewart, Holgorsen, & Co.
Welcome aboard, Daron.
Here is his coaching bio, courtesy of detroitlions.com:
ROBERTS’ COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2009-present
• Assistant Secondary 2009-present
Kansas City Chiefs 2007-08
• Defensive Quality Control Assistant 2008
• Volunteer 2007
Bishop Miege H.S. (Kansas City, Mo.) 2007
• Assistant Coach 2007