Follow Coach Roberts on Twitter: @CoachRoberts_DL
Recruiting Area: Round Rock to Waco, College Station
Justin Roberts joined the Sam Houston football coaching staff as defensive line coach in prior to the 2016 season and enters 2017 after being elevated to the title of Assisant Head Coach.
With Roberts on board, the Bearkats rolled to a 12-1 record and the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs while linebacker Justin Johnson earned first team all-league honors. Prior to joinging hte Kats, Roberts served as defensive line coach at Southern Mississippi, helping direct the Golden Eagles to a 9-4 record in 2015.
He worked twice at Tennessee State as defensive line coach from 2006 through 2009 and as co-defensive coordinator from 2011 to 2014. The Tigers finished ranked among the top 15 nationally in FCS total defense in both 2013 and 2014 and led the Ohio Valley three years in a row.
Separating years with the Tigers, Roberts spent two seasons at Western Carolina as the school's defensive line coach before taking over coaching responsibilities for the linebackers.
His other college coaching experience include stints at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (1997-99), Oklahoma State (2000-01 and 2004), North Carolina (2002-2003) and Texas A&M-Commerce (2005-06).
Roberts' introduction to coaching came in 1997 at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., where he was assistant strength and conditioning and assistant offensive line coach.
The Hannibal, Mo., native played his collegiate career as a center at Missouri Southern State. He was a two-year letterman and helped lead the team to the 1993 MIAA conference championship. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration from Missouri Southern in 1996.