|Position:||Secondary/Pass Game Coordinator|
Veteran football coach Marshall Roberts joined the VMI coaching staff in February, 2019, and will serve as defensive backs coach/pass game coordinator.
Roberts, who served under three Liberty football head coaches, was most recently the Flames defensive backs/corners coach from 2014-2018. In his 15-season tenure at Liberty, he also held the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator (2012-2014) and special teams coordinator (2009-2011).
Roberts helped the Flames win eight Big South titles and secure their first ever NCAA FCS Playoffs win in 2014. In 2017, Liberty transitioned to FBS level and after knocking off Baylor that season for one of the program’s biggest victories, the Flames posted six wins in 2018.
Roberts brings an array of football knowledge from all levels having previously worked with football programs from the NFL, NFL Europe, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, collegiate, and high school ranks.
A four-year starter at cornerback and punt returner at Rutgers, Roberts finished his collegiate career as the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leader in career punt returns with 1,018 yards and 91 returns, averaging 11.1 yards per return. He later played professionally in the Arena Football League for four seasons and the 1993 season in the CFL for the Sacramento Gold Miners before wrapping up his pro playing career as defensive/return specialist with the Orlando Predators in 1994-95 and Albany Firebirds as a defensive specialist in 1996.
Roberts’ professional coaching stops include the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 2002 and as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the spring of 2002.
“It is exciting for me to be reunited with Coach Marshall Roberts,” said Wachenheim. “Marshall and I coached together for three years at Liberty University. Marshall is a true professional, exceptional teacher and positive role model. VMI is very fortunate to have him leading our secondary.”