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. Since the 1995-96 season, the SU baseball program has led the country in winning percentage several times (95-96, 34-7, .829); (00-01, 43-12, .782); (01-02, 45-10, .818); (02-03, 44-7, .813), and Cador currently ranks 20th in division I coaching records, among active coaches (603 division I wins, .655 winning %).
Also known in some circles as the coach that will get his players professional opportunities, Cador and the Southern Jaguars have been in the forefront of the Major League Baseball Draft, having 23 players drafted over a four-year span (2001-2004).
The SU Jaguars received major national attention in 2001, as Michael Woods was taken in the first round, as a compensation pick, setting the stage for an unheralded freshman, named Rickie Weeks.
Weeks exploded on the scene in 2001, garnering All-American honors, and being selected the USA National Team, where he played for two summers, traveling all over the world, representing SU and the entire Nation. Weeks went on to become the first player in history, from a HBCU, to earn National Player of the Year honors. Rickie swept every, National Player of the Year honor that year, including the Golden Spikes Award, which is college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. In the 2003 MLB draft, Week was chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers as the second overall pick, the highest draft ever for a second baseman and the highest draft selection ever for a Southern Jaguar.
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.(2001 - Franco Blackburn (Florida Marlins); Marcus Chandler (Kansas City Royals); Torik Harrison (Florida Marlins); Michael Woods (Detroit Tigers) (1ST ROUND CONPENSATION); 2002 - Dewon Day (Toronto Blue Jays); Fred Lewis (San Francisco Giants) (4th rnd); Carl Primus (Florida Marlins); Eric Thomas (Milwaukee Brewers); Hiram "Trae" Duncan (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) -- Free Agent; 2003 - Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee Brewers) (1ST ROUND, 2ND OVERALL SELECTION); Fernando Puebla (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Kevin Vital (Houston Astros); Marcus Townsend (Cincinnati Reds); Damian Ursin (Cincinnati Reds); Dewon Day (Toronto Blue Jays); Antoin Gray (Chicago White Sox); 2004 - Joshua LeBlanc (Anaheim Angels); Jason Quarles (Pittsburgh Pirates); Andrew Toussaint (Anaheim Angels); Vince Davis (Arizona Diamondbacks); Matthew Paul (Los Angeles Dodgers); Alfred Ard (Cleveland Indians); Marcus Townsend (Arizona Diamondbacks). 2007 – Baron Short (Anaheim Angels); Roy Merritt (New York Mets); Jeffrey McCollum); 2008 – Calvin Anderson (Pittsburgh Pirates); 2009 – Michael Thomas (Boston Red Sox); 2011 – Frazier Hall (Anaheim Angels); Cody Hall (San Fransico Giants); Rodarrick Jones (Pittsburgh Pirates);
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.