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Panelist Bio


Roger Cador
Southern University Baseball Coach

Roger Cador enters his 30th season at the helm of the Southern University baseball program. He took over the reign "on the Bluff "in 1985 and has compiled a 850-488-1 record.

His accomplishments include 14 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards, 14 conference championships, eight NCAA tournament appearances and three NCAA play-in tournament appearances. Cador holds the distinction of being the first coach of a historically black university to win a game in the NCAA tournament. His 1987 Jaguars upset then no. 2 ranked Cal-State Fullerton, 1-0 in South Region play. In addition, his Jaguars became the first HBCU to win an NCAA play-in game with the defeat of Austin Pay University in 1996.

After devoting so much dedication and time to the sport, Cador feels it's the young men that make the game interesting. "The young people we work with help to keep it new. I receive a tremendous amount of satisfaction in helping a young man grow from adolescence to manhood and accomplish his goals," Cador said. "They revitalize me with the courage and effort they put forth. After four or five years the end product makes it all worth while."

Cador is a former student-athlete at Southern. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1975. He earned a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1979. His coaching career was preceded by a successful career in the Atlanta Braves' organization from 1973-1977.

Following his professional career with the Braves, Cador returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant baseball coach from 1977-1978. During his tenure at SU, he has also served as an assistant basketball coach from 1980-84. Then in 1984, Cador's dreams were realized, when the University named him SU's new head baseball coach.

Cador has transformed the Southern Baseball Program into the premier HBCU program in the country, and one of the most successful baseball programs period.

Cador's dedication to his student-athletes is seen in his having over 35 former players sign professional contracts or establish a career in other aspects of the game such as scouting, coaching and umpiring. But when asked his greatest accomplishment, Cador says, "It's the approximate 80% graduation rate. It's the people I've been able to help and grow with. It's the kids society had given up on as a lost cause, and we turned it around and worked it out together."

Cador is a member of the Southern University Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is the proud father of two sons, Jeremy and Jonathan.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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