Roger Cador enters his 27th season at the helm of the Southern University Baseball Program. He took over the reign on “The Bluff” in 1985 and has compiled 768 – 422 -1 record.
His accomplishments include 14 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Awards, 14 Conference Championships, 8 NCAA Tournament appearances and 3 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 Peay 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 tremendous amounts 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 4 or 5 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, Cador retired to Southern to serve as assistant baseball coach from 1977-1978.
From 1980-1984 he was an assistant basketball coach and in 1984 he was named head baseball coach.
Cador’s dedication to his student-athletes is seen in his having over 94 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 is the approximate 80% gradu-ation rate. It is the people I have been able to help and grow with. It is 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 one son, Jonathan.
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Fernando Puebla is in his 8th year as an assistant coach. He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He played three years for the Jaguars (2001-2003) also compiling three straight championships. As a Jaguar he posted a .365 career batting average, and was voted for the All-SWAC and All-Tournament teams. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted Puebla in 2003. He played in the New York-Penn League (Single A) before he decided to step in as an assistant coach. He will be working with the position players.
Puebla is a 2004 business economics graduate of Southern University. In 2006, he earned a Master of Education degree in Administration & Supervision. In 2009, Fernando received a Master in Business Administration. He is married to Marilu Suarez of Caracas, Venezuela.
Coach Puebla is also the proud father of Javier Puebla.
Derek Price is in his 27th year overall and his 17th on the Southern University staff serving as the athletic department’s manager of sporting equipment.
Price’s office is responsible for the allocation of uniforms, game gear, proper equipment and other pertinent facilities to the student athletes. He has become proficient in keeping SU athletes outfitted in the most up-to-date and protective equipment, while collaborating with colleagues, both on the collegiate ranks and on the professional level, to ensure that Southern University athletes are going into battle with technology’s best effort.
Price is a 1981 sociology and criminal law graduate of Southern and was a receiver and return specialist for the Jaguar football program. He also played baseball while in school at Southern.
The Baton Rouge, La. native has annually worked as an associate with Telex Communications at the Super Bowl since starting in 1993, and continued with the 2003 Super Bowl.
He is married to the former Stephanie Llorens of Natchitoches, La. and they share the joy of one daughter, Raven.
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