Head Coach Ron Roberts
at Southeastern Louisiana University
In just three years at the helm of the Southeastern Louisiana football program, head coach Ron Roberts has helped the Lions reach new heights.
In his first three seasons, Roberts has led the Lions to a 25-12 overall record and a 19-3 Southland Conference mark. In 2013, Roberts was named the Southland Conference, AFCA Region 5 and Louisiana Coach of the Year and was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the top coach in the FCS.
The 2014 Lions repeated as Southland Conference champions, sharing the regular season title with Sam Houston State, who defeated SLU in the first round of the playoffs.
Senior linebacker Isiah Corbett, junior defensive back Harlan Miller and junior kick returner Xavier Roberson earned All-America honors for a Lion team that finished the season ranked 12th and 14th in the final Football Championship Subdivision polls.
The Lions placed 16 players on the 2014 All-Southland Conference teams, led by Offensive Player of the Year Bryan Bennett. Bennett was joined on the first team by Corbett, Miller, senior offensive lineman Jonathan Braddock and senior kicker Ryan Adams.
Junior offensive lineman Joe Graves and senior defensive end Jacob Newman were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 and Southland Conference All-Academic teams. Bennett would go on to represent the Lions at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.
For the third straight season under Roberts, the Lions swept in-state Southland Conference opponents Northwestern State, McNeese State and Nicholls. SLU also picked up conference wins over UIW, HBU, Central Arkansas and Lamar on the way to its second straight league title.
Under Roberts, the 2013 Lions won their first-ever Southland Conference championship and their first league title of any kind since 1961. Southeastern finished with an 11-3 overall record and 7-0 mark in league play, earning its first-ever FCS playoff berth and the No. 4 national seed. The single-season school record victory total propelled the Lions to a No. 6 ranking in the final FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls.
Roberts oversaw a Lion squad that featured 24 All-Southland Conference players, including Player of the Year Bryan Bennett and Defensive Player of the Year Cqulin Hubert. Bennett, Hubert, kick returner Xavier Roberson and place kicker Seth Sebastian all earned All-America honors, while Roberson and Sebastian earned national awards at their positions from College Football Performance Awards.
Roberts’ group also excelled in the classroom, placing a league-high 46 players on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2013. Sophomore offensive lineman Joe Graves was a first team CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 selection.