Ron Roberts (American football)

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Ron Roberts
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
Biographical details
Born (1967-10-09) October 9, 1967 (age 52)
Visalia, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1993Houston HS (TN) (DC)
1994–1996Burroughs HS (CA)
1997Greensboro (DC)
1998–2002Tusculum (DC)
2003Texas State (DC)
2004Mt. Whitney HS (CA)
2005–2006Delta State (DC)
2007–2011Delta State
2012–2017Southeastern Louisiana
2018–presentLouisiana (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall89-45 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
4 Gulf South (2007–2008, 2010–2011)
2 Southland (2013–2014)
2x Gulf South Coach of The Year (2007, 2008)

Ron Roberts (born October 9, 1967) is the defensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was most recently the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana University for six seasons. He was also the head coach at Delta State University for five seasons prior. He grew up in California and attended the College of the Sequoias before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Martin where he played linebacker from 1986 to 1989. He began his coaching career in 1992 as a high school defensive coordinator, and has coached at several high schools and held assistant coaching positions at the college level at Greensboro, Tusculum, Texas State and Delta State. Roberts was promoted as Delta State's head football coach in 2007 and led the Statesmen to playoff appearances four times between 2007 and 2011. He was named Southeastern Louisiana's head coach on December 19, 2011.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coaching career[edit]

Roberts started his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Houston High School in 1990.[1] From Houston, Roberts served as head coach at Burroughs High School from 1994 to 1996 before taking his first college job at Greensboro in 1997.[1] From Greensboro he served as defensive coordinator at both Tusculum (1998–2002) and Texas State (2003) before returning to the head coaching ranks at Mt. Whitney High School in 2004.[1] In January 2005 Roberts resigned his position at Mt. Whitney to serve as defensive coordinator at Delta State University[2] After the 2017 season at Southeastern, Coach Roberts accepted a defensive coordinator job with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, his first coaching job at a Division I FBS level.

Head coaching career[edit]

After the resignation of Rick Rhoades on January 12, 2007, Roberts was promoted from his position of defensive coordinator to head coach. Through the 2011 season, Delta State has won four Gulf South Conference championships and played in the Division II playoffs in four of his five years as head coach reaching the 2010 NCAA Division II Championship Game where they lost to Minnesota–Duluth 20–17.[3]

After a successful tenure at Delta State, Roberts became Southeastern Louisiana University's fifteenth head coach on December 19, 2011.[4] He finished his first season with the Lions with an overall record of five wins and six losses (5–6).[5] On November 7, 2013, Roberts signed a three-year contract extension with the Lions.[5] With their victory over Sam Houston State on November 16, 2013, Southeastern Louisiana captured their first Southland Conference championship in program history.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Delta State Statesmen (Gulf South Conference) (2007–2011)
2007 Delta State 10–2 8–0 1st L NCAA Division II Second Round
2008 Delta State 10–2 8–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2009 Delta State 5–5 4–4 T–5th
2010 Delta State 11–4 6–2 T–1st L NCAA Division II Championship
2011 Delta State 11–3 3–1 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal
Delta State: 47–16 29–7
Southeastern Louisiana Lions (Southland Conference) (2012–2017)
2012 Southeastern Louisiana 5–6 5–2 3rd
2013 Southeastern Louisiana 11–3 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal
2014 Southeastern Louisiana 9–4 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I First Round
2015 Southeastern Louisiana 4–7 3–6 T–8th
2016 Southeastern Louisiana 7–4 7–2 3rd
2017 Southeastern Louisiana 6–5 6–3 5th
Southeastern Louisiana: 42–29 35–14
Total: 89–45
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b c "Football Coaching Staff: Ron Roberts". Delta State Athletics. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Mt. Whitney coach resigns ..." The Fresno Bee. January 19, 2005. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "David Nadeau's 32-yarder gives Minnesota–Duluth national title". Associated Press. December 18, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana names Ron Roberts football coach". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. Associated Press. December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Ron Roberts gets 3-year extension". Associated Press. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Iles, Trey (November 16, 2013). "Southeastern Louisiana University football enjoys winning first Southland Conference championship". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. Retrieved November 21, 2013.

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