Darrell Piske is entering his third week as Robert E. Lee head football coach and he’s selected his offensive and defensive coordinators.
Shane Anderson, the safeties coach at 4A finalist Waco Midway, accepted the job as Lee defensive coordinator this past Friday. For the offensive side of the ball, Piske chose Dan Roberson, who coached under Piske at Fairfield.
“Really it’s going just like I hoped it would go when I started the process as far as who I was trying to get,” said Piske, who added that both men were his first choice for the positions.
Anderson just completed his third year at Midway and Piske said he was next in line to potentially be the defensive coordinator there.
“He’s a good one, so I am excited to get him,” Piske said of Anderson. “He knows the 3-4 inside and out.”
Roberson was on staff at Fairfield before Piske arrived there and he’s thrilled to now be bringing him to Tyler. Roberson is listed last year as Fairfield’s special team’s coach along with head track coach, but Piske said Lee’s new offensive coordinator brings a wealth of experience to the position.
“I knew Dan when he was a head coach at Moody when I was at Valley Mills and he’s also been offensive coordinator at Jersey Village back when they were really good,” Piske said. “He’s been with me at Fairfield for four years and he’s a great coach. He knows his offensive football.
“He and I are a lot alike on the offensive side. We are going to figure out what we’ve got talent wise, skill wise, and fit it around that.”
Piske said he may not be finished in retooling the Lee football coaching staff.
“It may be four or maybe five changes. It just depends,” Piske said. “I think some of the guys on their own choices may retire or do some different things.”
Piske said offseason is underway with an estimated 80 kids participating. His goal is to get the kids ready. The Red Raiders went 1-9 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005. REL returns starters on offense and defense and Piske is currently evaluating what he can in the offseason.
“I see a lot of potential with the kids here just looking at we’ve got through the weightlifting and agility (drills) we are doing. The kids are working hard,” Piske said. “Before spring training gets here we’d like to be ahead of schedule and not behind schedule.”