Robert Massey
Robert Massey
Title: Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
Phone: 336-750-8888
Email: masseyr@wssu.edu

Robert Massey brings a wide variety of football experience - both as a player and a coach to the defensive backfield coaching position.

Massey completed four seasons as the Shaw Bears head coach, finishing the 2015 season with a 1-9 record. Shaw finished tied for last in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (CIAA), missing the Championship for the fourth time in the last five years. Massey compiled a record of 14-26 during his time at the helm. He has a career record of 16-44 which includes two seasons as head coach at Livingstone College.

Prior to taking the position of head coach, Massey served two years as the Bears' Defensive Coordinator, and before that, served two years as the defensive backs coach.

In 2010, in his first year as defensive coordinator, the Bears won a CIAA championship in large part due to his "bend don't break" defense.  Freshman defensive back Darnell Evans, a walk on, earned All-American honors under Massey's tutelage, while three players - Evans, Deas and Fred Sparkman - were named First Team All-CIAA.

In 2009, Massey's defensive backs helped Shaw earn the top ranking in the nation in pass efficiency defense.  Cornerback, Quintez Smith was named an All-American and the CIAA Defensive Player of the year under Massey's tutelage.

Prior to joining the Bears, Massey was interim head coach at Livingstone College, coaching for two seasons there.

In 2003, he returned to his alma mater, North Carolina Central, as their Receivers Coach.  The next year, the Eagles named him to the post of Defensive Backs Coach.

In 2016, Massey help reshape the Rams defensive backfield,  as he helped recruit one CIAA All Rookie team player DeAndre Blevins and coached two CIAA All-Rookies Daryus Skinner and Blevins, and guide the Rams to back to back CIAA Championships.

As a player, he had a successful collegiate career at NC Central and finished third on the Eagles career interceptions list.  He served as team captain and earned All-CIAA honors as both a junior and a senior.  He received All-American honors as a senior.

In 1989, Massey was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, and was named to the 1989 NFL All-Rookie Team. Massey was later selected to the 1992 Pro Bowl as a member of the Phoenix Cardinals.

In 1998, after 10 seasons in the NFL, Massey retired as a member of the New York Giants. He continued on with the team as an assistant defensive backs coach.

He returned to Durham in 2001 to take over the football program at Hillside High School. In his second year as head coach, he guided the team to its first state playoff appearance in nine years.

Massey and his wife Adrienne have three children: sons Aaron and Brandon, and daughter Bria.