Kyle Valero enters his third year in Dallas, and seventh in the NFL, as the club’s assistant wide receivers coach, working with Derek Dooley.
Following a foot injury to Dez Bryant in Week 1 that sidelined him for the next five games, Valero, alongside receivers coach Dooley, were challenged with getting increased production from the rest of their receivers in 2015. Terrance Williams stepped up in Bryant’s absence, leading the team with a career-high 840 yards while tying for second with a career-best 52 receptions and tying for third with three scores. Cole Beasley also responded to the call, hauling in a team-high five touchdowns while tying for second with 52 receptions and placing third with 536 yards - all-career-highs. Though Bryant returned from injury, he was limited to only nine games, finishing with 31 catches for 401 yards and three touchdowns.
Valero worked very closely with a young receiving core in 2014, and took a very hands on approach with the development of Bryant, who caught 88 passes (12th in the NFL) for 1,320 yards (eighth) and a league-leading 16 touchdowns to earn his second straight Pro Bowl selection. Valero’s work with Bryant to fight off physical defenders at the point of the catch was instrumental in the receiver’s success, as Bryant recorded 11 plays of 25+ yards, the majority coming on acrobatic, leaping plays over defenders to secure the catch. Second-year receiver Williams also had a break out campaign, finishing fourth in the NFL with 16.8 yards-per-reception and second on the Cowboys with eight touchdown catches. Williams’ ability to shake defenders when the play broke down and find an open zone for quarterback Tony Romo was also an important weapon, helping to extend drives and keep the Cowboys offense on the field for a league-leading 32:26.
Valero spent four years as an offensive assistant (2012-13 as assistant wide receivers, 2010-12 as offensive quality control) with the Detroit Lions, where he assisted current Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. While in Detroit, Valero broke down opponent film and worked on self scouting while also assisting with the club’s wide receivers which was highlighted by Calvin Johnson who established the club record for yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012 and added 1,492 yards - fourth in team history - including a club single-game record (second all-time in the NFL) 329 yards in 2013.
Before landing in Detroit, Valero spent two seasons as a student offensive assistant at Florida State (2008-09). He was lined up to be the school’s offensive quality control coach for 2010 but took the position with the Lions.
Valero earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies from FSU. He is married the former Ali Baker and they have a daughter, Ava.