Ron Roberts named SE Louisiana football coach - - Jackson, MS

Ron Roberts named SE Louisiana football coach

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Southeastern Louisiana University says its next football coach will be Ron Roberts, who guided Delta State University to four Gulf South Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors must approve the appointment.

In five years under Roberts, the Statesmen are 47-16, with 2 of those losses in the 2010 NCAA Division II national championship and the 2011 semifinals. The Statesmen were 11-3 in 2011, when Roberts was named the AFCA Division II Region Coach of the Year, and 11-4 in 2010, when they averaged 31.9 points and 452.9 yards total offense per game.

Roberts is 44. He's from Visalia, Calif., and was a 2-time all-conference linebacker at College of the Sequoias in Visalia and transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was on the 1988 Gulf South Conference championship team.

He was Delta State's defensive coordinator for two years and became coach in 2007. He also has worked at Mount Whitney (Calif.) High School, Texas State, Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., Greensboro College, Burroughs High School in California and Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., his wife's home town.

He graduated from UTM with a degree in Sociology and later earned his master's degree in Education from the University of Memphis in 1992.

Roberts coached Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ricardo Colclough at Tusculum and Cleveland Browns wide receiver L.J. Castile at Delta State.

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