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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