EMORY, Va. – Emory & Henry College Head Football Coach Curt Newsome is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephon Robertson as an Assistant Football Coach. Robertson, who began his duties late last week, will work with the Wasps' corps of linebackers.
A two-time winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year Award at James Madison University, Robertson also was also the recipient of the Dudley Award in 2013 as the best Division I football player in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Robertson was also named an All-American by six different organizations, a three-time All-CAA selection and the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year during his career.
"As a player at James Madison, Stephon was very competitive. I think he has a bright future in this business because of his intelligence," said Newsome. "He has studied the game as much as anyone I've ever been around and I feel confident that he will add to our recruiting efforts in Northern Virginia. I couldn't be more excited to have him on our staff."
After completing his collegiate career, Robertson was invited to camp for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played the 2014 season in the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) for the Brooklyn Bolts and was named the league's Most Improved Player. Brooklyn completed the season with a perfect record.
In the fall of 2015, Roberston was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He served as the team's defensive coordinator, working with the linebackers and analyzing film. He also worked as the Head of Security for the Pimmit Hills Alternative School.
"When I first came down to interview, I realized that this was a very intimate place with a lot of backing and support. In meeting with the players and the staff here, this program is a family," commented Robertson. "I am grateful to begin my career here and that Coach Newsome trusts me to coach the linebackers. The players that we have here have great attitudes and are ready to get after it and I am looking forward to everything. I feel like I'm home."
During his time as an undergraduate at JMU, Robertson volunteered as an inspirational speaker. He spoke on the importance of education and connected with young students, assisting them in overcoming hardships. He also volunteered at the JMU Football program's "Dukes Day" where he worked with special needs children, giving them a first-hand experience of the game day routine for a college football player.
Robertson graduated from James Madison in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies.