Dave Roberts has proven to be an extremely versatile football coach, as he has done a solid job of on the field coaching and coordinating USC's recruiting efforts during his five seasons at Carolina. Roberts was instrumental in helping USC land back-to-back top 10 rated recruiting classes, a first in the program's history. Carolina's 2002 recruiting class was ranked as high as #7 in the county, while the 2003 class was rated as high as #8 nationally. Roberts begins his second season of coaching the Gamecock running backs.
Tailback Demetris Summers emerged as one of the SEC's top freshmen in 2003, as the former prep All-America went over the 100-yard rushing mark twice during the season and was a consensus SEC All-Freshman selection. Daccus Turman led the Gamecocks in rushing, while Cory Boyd was named the team's Most Outstanding Freshman.
Roberts coached the spurs on defense the past three seasons and did a great job in handling that assignment. Rashad Faison concluded an outstanding career in 2002 and participated in the Rotary Gridiron All-Star Classic. Faison signed a free agent contract with Pittsburgh. Willie Offord played in the 2002 East-West Shrine Game and was a third-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft. Faison was chosen second team All-SEC in 2001 and was on the preseason watch list for the 2002 Bronko Nagurski Award. Jonathan Martin also finished up a solid career in 2002, earning All-SEC honors and inking a free agent contract with Dallas.
Roberts coached the tight ends three years ago, before moving over to the defensive side of the ball at the end of the 1999 season. Roberts brought a wealth of coaching experience to the Gamecock staff as he also has prior head coaching experience.
Recognized as one of the country's top recruiters, Roberts has been head coach of three different programs - Baylor, Northeast Louisiana and Western Kentucky. Over the course of his coaching career, he has coached 34 players who have gone on to play in the National Football League. In both 1994 and `95, Roberts was rated as the No. 1 recruiter in America by Football Prep Report magazine.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Roberts most recently was head coach at Baylor (1997-98). Prior to that, he spent three years at Notre Dame as offensive coordinator under Lou Holtz. While Roberts was at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish were ranked in the top 10 nationally and appeared in the Fiesta and Orange Bowls. Roberts helped install an exciting passing attack that made Notre Dame one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks.
From 1989-93, Roberts was the head coach at Northeast Louisiana University, compiling a record of 38-19-2. His teams went to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs three of his last four years and won the conference championship on two different occasions. In 1992, Roberts was named a finalist for National Coach of the Year, after leading NLU to a 10-3 record and conference title. From 1984-88, Roberts was head coach at Western Kentucky University. His last two teams there went 7-4 and 9-4 and were nationally ranked.
Roberts also has coaching experience at Vanderbilt, Davidson College, and Eastern Kentucky University. Roberts played high school football at Wade Hampton High in Greenville (S.C.), where he was an all-state performer. He then went on to become a linebacker at Western Carolina University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1969 and his Master's degree in 1971.
Roberts and his wife, Pennie, have two children: David (29) and Allison (26).
THE DAVE ROBERTS FILE
Born: February 28, 1947
High School Education: Wade Hampton (SC) HS
College Education: Western Carolina University, 1969; Master's, Western Carolina University, 1971
College Football: Western Carolina (linebacker, 1966-68)
College Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, South Carolina (1999-present); Head Coach, Baylor (1997-98); Assistant Coach, Notre Dame (1994-96); Head Coach, Northeast Louisiana (1989-93); Head Coach, Western Kentucky (1984-88); Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt (1978-83); Assistant Coach, Davidson (1973-78); Assistant Coach, Eastern Kentucky (1972)
College Bowl & Playoff Experience: 2002 Outback Bowl, 2001 Outback Bowl, 1995 Orange Bowl, 1994 Fiesta Bowl, 1992 I-AA Playoffs, 1991 I-AA Playoffs, 1989 I-AA Playoffs, 1987 I-AA Playoffs, 1986 I-AA Playoffs, 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl
Children: David (29), Allison (26)