Malik Roberson made the move to Washington State University with Paul Wulff in December 2007, after spending eight years at Eastern Washington University, and is in his third season working with the Cougar defensive linemen.
He spent his first two seasons as an Eagle student assistant working with defensive linemen, then six years as the defensive line coach.
Throughout his time at EWU, Roberson coached nine players to All-Big Sky Conference honors, including 2006 defensive tackle Keith Grennan, who signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers following his time at Eastern Washington. In 2007 all four starting defensive linemen earned all-conference honors, including second-team All-American Greg Peach. In 2004 three of his defensive linemen earned All-Big Sky Conference honors, including first team selection Tom Finnerty. EWU finished that season ranked 38th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing just 137.0 yards per game.
Roberson is no stranger to the WSU campus, spending three seasons in Pullman before transferring to Central Washington. He redshirted at WSU as a freshman in 1989, then played for the Cougars during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, seeing action as both a linebacker and defensive lineman. He was a teammate of current Cougar co-defensive coordinator Jody Sears during his first two years in Pullman. At Central Washington, he earned first-team all-conference honors in 1994 and was co-captain of the 1995 squad that won the NAIA Championships, finishing 10-3-1.
Injuries late in his career impacted Roberson's opportunity to continue his football career. He was oft-injured during his senior year at CWU and attended the NFL combine following his final season, but a neck injury ended his professional aspirations.
Roberson is a 1989 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane and spent three seasons coaching the Tigers linebackers, first in 1992 and 1993 between his Cougar and Wildcat careers, then again in the fall of 1999 before joining the EWU staff.
Roberson, who finished his degree at Eastern Washington, was born in Spokane, Wash. He and his wife Ondria have one son, Nick (19), and twin daughters Madison and Makayla, who were born in December 2008.
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