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For Immediate Release
Contact: Sherri Fillingham
Phone: 919-546-8250/919-623-9494: Mobile 


Shaw Names Robert Massey Head Football Coach 

RALEIGH, NC (January 18, 2012) - Shaw University today named defensive coordinator Robert Massey its new head football coach. 

"Coach Massey has proven himself as a coach and a loyal member of the Shaw family," said Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy.  "This promotion is well earned and a sign that our strong tradition of football at Shaw continues."

"This is a dream job for me," said Massey.  "I'm devoted to the Shaw program and I’m proud that Shaw had the faith in me to continue what we've started here. There is a tradition of not just winning, but of winning championships, and that's something I'm dedicated to continuing."

Massey has served on the Shaw coaching staff for five years, the last two as defensive coordinator.  In his first year as defensive coordinator, the Bears won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship, in large part because of Massey's "bend don't break" defense.

Prior to coming to Shaw, Massey served as the interim head football coach at Livingstone College and as assistant coach, receivers coach and defensive back coach for his alma mater, North Carolina Central University (NCCU). During his collegiate career at NCCU, Massey won several honors, including Black Collegiate All American, All CIAA 1st team and All CIAA Defensive Back.

He began his coaching career with the New York Giants as an assistant defensive back coach before moving to Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. where he served as both assistant and head football coach.

Before coaching, Massey completed ten years as a successful defensive back in the National Football League (NFL).  He was drafted in 1989 in the second round (46th pick overall) by the New Orleans Saints.   That season he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and was the Saints' Rookie of the Year.

He then moved to the Phoenix Cardinals, where he was named to the 1992 NFC Pro Bowl Team.  He also played for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, where he completed his NFL career. He then assumed the position of assistant defensive back coach with the Giants.

Massey takes the helm from Darrell Asberry, who accepted the head coaching position at Division I Texas Southern.  The Bears won the 2010 CIAA Championship, but finished last season with a 3-7 record.

The Bears open play in 2012 with a trip to Charleston, W.Va., to take on the University of Charleston on August 30. 

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Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the first historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills. The Shaw University athletic department has a long history of success, including back-to-back CIAA Football Championships (2007 and 2008), four straight women’s basketball championships (2002/03 – 2005/06),and  the reigning seven-time men’s tennis champions. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Shaw also won “the big three,” bringing home CIAA Championships in football and both men’s and women’s basketball.