Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL and college football coach and author of Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition. The book was named a #1 New Release by Amazon. LinkedIn named Daron as the #1 Top Voice in Sports in 2020.
Before beginning his third year of law school, Roberts made the decision that he wanted to pursue a football coaching job. He wrote 164 letters seeking an internship and received an offer to serve as training camp intern with the Kansas City Chiefs. From that experience, Coach Herman Edwards allowed Roberts to serve as a volunteer for the Chiefs during the 2007 season and then made him a defensive quality control assistant for the Chiefs in 2008. In 2011, Roberts realized his dream when he became a special teams and inside receivers coach at West Virginia University. In 2012, Roberts became the Mountaineers’ cornerbacks coach.
Roberts serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The CSLi is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Roberts is also a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Honors Program and he focuses on issues of leadership and innovation in the sports arena. Each year, Roberts teaches nearly 300 students, including a course he developed for freshmen athletes titled “A Gameplan for Winning at Life.”
Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas in 2001, where he also served as Student Body President. He then obtained a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2004 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2007.
Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Sports Illustrated. He is a contributor to Forbes.com. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time.
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Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL and college coach who serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. The Center is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. His research revolves around issues of rejection, failure management, student-athlete financial literacy and leadership.
As a highly sought after leadership coach, Daron equips executives and elite athletes with strategies to wage war against their status quo. He has worked with companies such as Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, and The New York Giants Football Club. Roberts holds a faculty appointment in the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He has received the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Award, Creative Engagement Award and was named a distinguished faculty member by the School of Undergraduate Studies in 2015. In 2011, he was awarded the university’s highest distinction for young alumni by being named an Outstanding Young Texas Ex.
After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).
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