Giving to Chico State

Robert Talley

Director of Development—Athletics

Robert Talley became the Wildcats’ frontline fundraiser in June 2016. His passion for mentoring student-athletes and track-record of building successful athletics programs reflects the mission of Chico State Athletics. As we build a culture of philanthropy, Robert is excited to engage and partner with our Wildcat alumni, parents, and fans to generate more resources for our remarkable student-athletes, coaches, and programs.
Most recently, Robert served nine years as head football coach at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he was named the 2013 New England Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year and a Liberty Mutual Division II Coach of the Year finalist. His 25-year coaching career also includes positions at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Colby College, and Dartmouth College. He spent two years working for the San Francisco 49ers and five summers in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program as an assistant coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and New York Giants.
Robert holds a BS degree in business administration from Boston University and is working toward a master’s in management and leadership from Western Governors University. He and his wife Sarah have two sons, Jackson and Spencer.

About Me

Who is your hero?

Martin Luther King

What motivates you to do this work?

I am motivated because I want to help our student-athletes be successful. The best part of my job is meeting alums and hearing their stories.

Why do you give to Chico State?

I give because every dollar can make a difference. I donate to the radio station, as well as the athletic programs.

What's your favorite holiday?


Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote?

It is what it is!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The creek

What’s your favorite Chico restaurant?

Red Tavern

Favorite thing to do at Bidwell Park?

Bike rides with the kids.

What was your first job?

Assistant Football Coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What’s your proudest accomplishment so far?

Turning the Stonehill Football program from a losing one into a conference champion.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

"Amazing Grace"

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

NSPR and 102.5

Three words that describe your Chico Experience?

Welcoming, opportunity, family

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My children

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

Speed and strength

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

The high-top fade

If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?

New Edition

What’s the farthest place you’ve traveled?

Ghana, West Africa

portrait of Robert Talley


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California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0300