|Previous College:||Central Washington '01|
One of three former Washington State University football players on the Eagle coaching staff, Malik Roberson enters his eighth season as an Eastern coach. He spent his first two seasons as a student assistant working with defensive linemen and now enters his sixth as a defensive line coach. In 2006 he coached Keith Grennan, who went on to sign a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers. A year earlier, he coached Harrison Nikolao, who earned second team All-Big Sky honors but moved to the offensive line for the 2006 season and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2004, three of his defensive linemen earned All-Big Sky Conference honors, including first team selection Tom Finnerty. The Eagles finished the year ranked 38th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing just 137.0 yards per game. Eastern had a school-record nine sacks against Weber State. Roberson graduated in 1989 from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash., then played at Washington State. He redshirted in 1989 and played as a linebacker and defensive lineman for the Cougars during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He left Pullman, but resumed his playing career at Central Washington in 1994 when he earned first team All-Columbia Football Association honors (Mount Rainier Division). He was injured much of his senior season in 1995, but served as co-captain and helped lead the Wildcats to a 10-3-1 record and the NAIA Championship. He attended the NFL Combine after his senior season, but he was unable to continue his playing career because of a neck injury. Roberson coached linebackers at Lewis and Clark in 1992 and 1993, and again in 1999 before joining Wulff at Eastern in 2000. He eventually completed requirements toward his bachelor's degree in 2001. Roberson was born April 30, 1971, in Spokane, Wash., and was married on June 4, 2005. His wife's name is Ondria and they have a son, Nick (17).