By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Ed Roberson, who began his football career as a Sharon Tiger under Coach Jim Wildman, was appointed Monday as head football coach for the West Middlesex Big Reds.
As Sharon Tiger “Number 77,” Roberson was captain of the first Sharon High School football team to make it to the state championship game in 1994, led by Wildman.
“Jim Wildman runs a program second to none,” said Roberson. “Playing under Jim Wildman - that’s how I learned how to win. He’s the reason I’m living my dream today.”
Roberson was quick to point out that his Big Reds’ team will have to face off with Wildman’s Tigers in week six of the next football season.
“I’ll have to come up to Sharon and play (my team) on my old field,” said Roberson.
Roberson may have started out as a Tiger and teaches 12th grade government economics at Sharon High School, but he has been a part of the Big Reds’ football family for the past four years.
During part of Jason McElhaney’s reign as head coach (2007-2012), Roberson was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
“Jason is an innovator. I learned a lot from him. He is a tremendous coach. I hope I can live up to the things he’s done here,” Roberson said.
Mike Williams, athletic director at West Middlesex High School, was proud that the school board continued the tradition of hiring from within by voting unanimously for Roberson.
“This was a no-brainer. Ed was a quality candidate,” said Williams. “We’re sure he will do a great job just as Jason did.”
Williams said, “We’re very excited; we’ve seen the program continue to grow through past coaches.”
Coach Rick Resatar (1997-2003) led the team to back-to-back conference championships in 2002 and 2003. His successor, coach Brian Hoffman (2004-2006), was an assistant under Resatar and led the team to a conference championship and the PIAA championship game in 2006.
Although Roberson may bump into Wildman in the halls of Sharon High School during the day, admitting that he still calls him “coach,” it is apparent he will not be giving up his game plan.
“Football is like chess with people. We try to outmaneuver each other,” Roberson said.
Roberson said, “I would like to express my enthusiasm to the community and kids. This is going to be excellent,” Roberson said. “I would like to reach out to the community and kids, and take the program to the next level.”