The 2009 Back To School Parade Grand Marshal is Edward L. Roby, who was born in Austin, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Omphia Roby. He is a 1960 graduate of L.C. Anderson H. S. At Anderson H.S., he participated in football and was named to the All District team at Center. He attended Texas Southern University and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. At Texas Southern, he was a member of the football team as a starter for four years. He was the Team Captain for two years and received honors as All SWAC linebacker. He received a Master Degree from Texas State University in 1981.
Edward was a teacher, coach, coordinator, supervisor, manager and Assistant Director of Athletics for thirty-six years in the Moody ISD and Austin ISD. His teaching and coaching duties included teaching Physical Education and Social Studies, coaching Varsity Football, Track and Basketball. As an Administrator, his duties included supervision of athletics of eleven high schools and seventeen middle schools. He was also responsible for the supervision of Ten Certified Athletic Trainers, Adapted P.E Program., Special Olympics and Physical Education Coordinator for one hundred and four schools and 300 plus teachers and coaches in the AISD.
Edward is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Edward is currently holds the position as the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Assn (PVILCA) Executive Director. He was inducted into the . (PVILCA) Hall of Fame in 2005, Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and L. C. Anderson High School Hall of Fame in 2009.
He is married to Nettie Nelson Roby and has two daughters, DeSean and Antorri Roby.