5 Things to Know About Expected New WR Coach, Sanjay Lal

by | Jan 19, 2018 | Articles, The Team

Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal took a circuitous route from London to America’s Team where he’s expected to soon be officially announced as a new member of the Dallas Cowboys’ staff.

Here are “5 Fun & Interesting Things to Know About Lal”:

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Lal Was Born in London, England

He moved with his family from England to Iran to Kuwait to Mexico City and then the USA.  His father was a systems analyst and his mom a Montessori teacher.  Lal is multi-lingual.  He speaks Spanish, Hindi, English, and understands Arabic.  And, of course, he speaks the X’s and O’s of football.



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Lal is Believed to be the First Coach of Indian Descent

According to a profile on Lal written by Manish Mehta for the NY Daily News, Lal’s father is from Delhi and his mom from Norther India.

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Lal Played One of His Biggest College Games in Dallas’ Fair Park At The Cotton Bowl

He was a wide receiver for the UCLA Bruins team that won the 1989 Cotton Bowl.  After transferring to Washington, he starred at receiver for the Huskies’ 1992 National Championship Team.  He also was on two Rose Bowl championship teams.  How good a player was he?  Good enough to be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame.  He has a degree from the school in Business Administration.


He Played College Football for UCLA Before Transferring to University of Washington.

After school, Lal returned to the United Kingdom to play for NFL Europe’s Scottish Claymores in 1999.

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Lal’s First Coaching Job Was at Miramonte High School in California.

Here, Lal worked 7 seasons as an assistant and passing game coordinator before moving onto Los Medanos College (2003), then Saint Mary’s (2004), and eventually to University of California (2005-06) where he coached quarterbacks for two seasons.   His first NFL assistant coaching job was with the Raiders (2007-2011).  He’s worked for four different NFL teams as wide receivers coach before joining the Cowboys.  In addition to the Raiders, he’s worked for the Jets (2012-14), Bills (2015-16), and Colts (2017).  Lal replaces Derek Dooley on the Cowboys’ coaching staff.  Dooley left following the 2017 to take over as University of Missouri’s offensive coordinator.  The Cowboys are Lal’s first team in the NFC.