Robert Saleh left Michigan State after college to accept a professionally fulfilling position in finance. After the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001, Saleh opted to leave his cushy position to follow his passion for coaching football. He began his coaching career as a defensive assistant at Michigan State University in 2002-2003. After short stints at the University of Georgia and Central Michigan University, he joined the NFL as a Houston Texans intern. It was the first step in his successful coaching career, which has culminated in the head coaching role with the New York Jets in 2021.
Why you should book Robert Saleh for your next event
- Audiences are inspired by Saleh’s career journey. Choosing to totally change his career trajectory in response to the 2021 attacks on the World Trade Center is a move to which listeners may relate.
- His presentation inspires audience members to follow their passion and strategically plan and prepare for change. His strong leadership offers insightful tools for commanding extraordinary individual and team results.
- As a charismatic speaker, Saleh offers audiences guidance from his ’10 Lessons of Coaching,’ which focuses on humility, preparedness, and accountability.
As the head coach for the New York Jets, Robert Saleh brings a wealth of experience during his decades-long career. Beginning as an assistant coach with the Houston Texans, Saleh has worked for iconic franchises in the league, including the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks. Winning a Super Bowl as an assistant coach with the Seahawks in 2014, he’s experienced a successful run supporting the strategies and plans of the best coaches in the league. As defensive coordinator for San Francisco from 2017-2020, he left the 49ers to join the Jets as head coach after the 2020 season.
Inspired to follow his passion for coaching, he left a lucrative finance career to begin a job as an assistant football coach at Michigan following the September 11 attacks. His brother David was one of the workers in the South Tower when the initial plane hit the North Tower. Despite intercom calls for workers to return to offices, his brother continued to the lobby and escaped. Viewing this experience as a wake-up call, Saleh quit his job and began the long journey from intern to assistant coach to defensive coordinator to head coach in the National Football League.
He now shares his journey with audiences to inspire listeners to follow their dreams.
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