Chris Robertson is entering his eighth season as head coach of the WPI football program.
The last two campaigns have been successful for Robertson and his staff as the Engineers have posted their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1993-94 and the 2015 team joined the 1991 and 1992 squads as the only three teams in program history to play a postseason game when they participated in the ECAC President’s Bowl two years ago.
Robertson has led a resurgence of the program and over his first seven years at the helm he has guided the Engineers to the first ever program wins over Springfield as well as held a 4-3 advantage in the Transit Trophy game against rival Rensselaer. In 2016 WPI tallied wins over both the MIT and the RPI Engineers.
The Engineers finished strong in 2016 at 6-4 in their final year of the Liberty League, losing four contests by a combined total of 17 points. The Boynton Hillers earned their third consecutive victory over Union as well as an exciting come-from-behind victory at Rochester. The Engineers also defeated cross-town rival Worcester State for their second consecutive victory over the Lancers while in a future NEWMAC contest, WPI beat the Norwich (40-17) for the second consecutive season.
Postseason accolades have become a staple to the Engineers as the first seven seasons have seen dozens of players earn All-Liberty League and various all-region honors as well as Ernie Mello and Brian Murtagh being named D3football.com All-Americas while Aaron Champagne, Ehab Hamdan and Will Pope have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades. The team has enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom under Robertson’s watchful eye, taking home the most academic all-conference selections over the past seven seasons.
Prior to becoming 18th head coach to roam the sidelines of the Engineers, Robertson led a resurgence at Salve Regina. As the Seahawks first full-time head coach, he increased the win total nearly 50% over the previous four year period. A tireless recruiter, Robertson’s efforts resulted in a roster growth of 60 players in 2006 to 94 in 2009. In his final season at Salve, Robertson finished 4-4 in the New England Football Conference Boyd Division and placed seven players on the All-Division team. Just as impressive was the success in the classroom as Salve Regina placed 25 student-athletes on the NEFC All-Academic team.
A defensive coach by trade, Robertson’s squads at both schools have drawn national recognition. In 2009 his Salve Regina team allowed the nation’s fewest yards passing per game only to see his WPI Engineers turn the trick in 2010 in his first year back as Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
During his first stop at WPI, Robertson served as both the defensive coordinator and the head coach of the baseball team. On the gridiron, 15 of his players earned Freedom Football Conference or Liberty League All-Conference honors while four players distinguished themselves with All-New England and All-ECAC accolades. Robertson’s baseball teams earned the program’s first ECAC selections and post-season berths in over 100 years of Engineer Baseball, participating in the championships in both 2000 and 2004.
Robertson originally arrived on Boynton Hill after serving three years as an assistant under Ed Zaloom at Siena. In 1998 he was the Saints defensive coordinator after a two-year stint as linebackers coach. The 1996 graduate of the University of Albany was a three-year starter and captain of the football team. While playing for the Great Danes, the Deposit, NY native was a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. The mathematics major also received his master’s degree in educational psychology from Albany.
“WPI is my home,” commented Robertson. “The community here is like no other place I’ve ever been around. When you combine the world-class reputation of the academics with the state-of-the-art athletic facilities, we are able to attract the highest level of student-athletes who are looking for the very best academic, athletic, and social experience in college.”
Robertson resides in Grafton, MA with his wife, Kristin, twins Jake and Danielle, daughter Molly and yellow lab Slider.