Daron K Roberts

Founding Dir
Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation

Daron K. Roberts is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas.

Roberts has served as a guest analyst for ESPN’s Longhorn Network and his story has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Prior to returning to the University of Texas, Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and West Virginia Mountaineers.

Roberts holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas, an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

During his tenure at the University of Texas, he was elected Student Government President and was named Most Outstanding Student of the University in 2000. Roberts has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and one of the Kennedy School’s 75 Most Fascinating Alumni.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars Foundation – a joint venture between Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush – tabbed Roberts as a Presidential Leadership Scholar for 2015. He was one of 60 members selected for the inaugural class.

Roberts serves as a board member of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Alumni Advisory Board, Texas Exes Association, Austin Sports Commission and Foster Angels of Central Texas. He is also the CEO and founder of 4th and 1, Inc.(4thand1.org). 4th and 1 offers free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk high school youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served nearly 500 students during the last six years.

Roberts has served as a contributor to TIME, Fortune, Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle, and Forbes.com.

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