Experience: 7th Year
Alma Mater: Sacramento State, '06
Bio: Former Sacramento State player Steve Roberson returns for his seventh season as a member of the coaching staff and his fifth as a full-time coach. This year, Roberson will coach the defensive backs.
After two years as the team’s defensive graduate assistant, Roberson was named to the coaching staff prior to the 2006 season. That year, he coached the outside linebackers. One of the players under his tutelage was Tyson Butler. That season, Butler earned second team all-Big Sky honors after tallying 78 tackles.
In 2004, Roberson served as the assistant defensive backs coach under then coordinator Tim Skipper. That unit saw all four of its starters earn postseason honors led by Ramon Payne who was named first team all-Big Sky. Safety Brett Shelton garnered second team all-league honors and was also named first team Freshman All-America. Cornerback Brandon Smith and safety Brent Webber were each named honorable mention all-Big Sky. Webber also earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors.
In 2005, Roberson worked under secondary coach Stephon Pace. That unit had three players earn postseason honors. The trio was highlighted by Shelton who garnered second team all-West Region honors as well as second team all-Big Sky. Smith and Webber were named honorable mention. Smith later went on to attend minicamp with the Detroit Lions.
The 2007 team had three of the four starters named all-Big Sky. Safeties Brent Webber and Brett Shelton and cornerback Jody Johnson each were named honorable mention.
The following season, Roberson coached a defensive backfield which featured just one returning starter. Freshman Deionte Gordon led the team with four interceptions and seven pass break-ups and was named honorable mention all-Big Sky.
Last year, Roberson helped coach Zach Schrader to the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year award and second team all-Big Sky honors.
As a player, Roberson competed for the Hornets during the 2003 season. That year, he played linebacker and on special teams. Prior to attending Sacramento State, Roberson played the 2001 season at West Los Angeles Junior College. Before that, he spent two years at San Diego State.
A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1999. Roberson earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Sacramento State in December of 2005.
Roberson and his wife Laura were married in June of 2010.
Recruiting Area: All high schools and junior colleges in the San Francisco bay area.
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