Roger Hughes

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Roger Hughes
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Stetson
Conference PFL
Record 14–31
Biographical details
Born (1960-09-04) September 4, 1960 (age 56)
Crawford, Nebraska
Playing career
1979?–1981 Doane
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983 Doane (GA)
1984–1985 Nebraska (GA)
1986–1987 Doane (OC)
1988 Wisconsin–Whitewater (RB)
1989–1991 Cameron (OC)
1992–1999 Dartmouth (OC)
2000–2009 Princeton
2010 Omaha Nighthawks (WR)
2011–present Stetson
Head coaching record
Overall 61–83
Accomplishments and honors
1 Ivy League (2006)

Roger A. Hughes (born September 4, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head coach at Princeton University from 2000 to 2009, and amassed a 47–52 record. He has been named the newest head coach at Stetson University, which is reviving their program after a hiatus of more than 50 years beginning with the 2013 season.


Hughes grew up in Crawford, Nebraska and was a three-sport athlete at Crawford High School.[1] He received a basketball scholarship to attend Nebraska Western Junior College, where he spent one year, before transferring to Doane College.[1] He played golf and football as a tight end there and graduated in 1982.[1]

Hughes served as an assistant coach at Doane, Nebraska, Wisconsin–Whitewater, Cameron, and Dartmouth.[1] In 2000, he was hired as the head coach at Princeton University.[1] Hughes' best season came in 2006, when the Tigers finished with a 9–1 mark to share the Ivy League co-championship with Yale.[2] In the preseason, Princeton had been picked to finish sixth (of eight) in the conference, and the team's performance earned Hughes consideration as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the best head coach at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.[1]

Princeton finished the 2009 season with a 4–6 record for the third consecutive year. Hughes was fired the following day on November 23.[3] At the time of his termination, Hughes had the sixth-worst record by winning percentage of the school's 21 coaches.[3] In 2010, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski hired Hughes to be the wide receivers coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN#
Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) (2000–2009)
2000 Princeton 3–7 3–4 5th
2001 Princeton 3–6 3–4 T–7th
2002 Princeton 6–4 4–3 4th
2003 Princeton 2–8 2–5 7th
2004 Princeton 5–5 3–4 T–4th
2005 Princeton 7–3 5–2 T–2nd
2006 Princeton 9–1 6–1 T–1st 18
2007 Princeton 4–6 3–4 T–4th
2008 Princeton 4–6 3–4 T–4th
2009 Princeton 4–6 3–4 T–4th
Princeton: 47–52 35–35
Stetson Hatters (Pioneer Football League) (2013–present)
2013 Stetson 2–9 1–7 T–9th
2014 Stetson 5–7 3–5 T–7th
2015 Stetson 3–8 1–7 T–8th
2016 Stetson 4–7 2–6 T–9th
Stetson: 14–31 7–25
Total: 61–83
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b c d e f Roger Hughes, Princeton University, retrieved June 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Princeton Championships, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Hughes fired as head coach, The Daily Princetonian, November 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Football: Nebraska native back from Ivy League for UFL job, The Omaha World-Herald, May 6, 2010.

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