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|Roberts to speak at banquet|
The 31st Annual Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will be held Feb. 23 at the Natchez Eola Hotel.
Southeastern Louisiana head football coach Ron Roberts will be the featured speaker.
"I'm really excited about speaking at the banquet," Roberts said. "The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame does a great job and is a great organization. I enjoy giving young kids credit for what they are doing. And anytime I can get Southeastern Louisiana out there and spread the word about the school and community it's a great thing. We offer a great place to go to school and Hammond and the community are an easy sell."
Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by Roberts' speech and the awarding of scholarships to six Miss-Lou football players.
An Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football and Distinguished American Award will also be presented.
Vidalia and Ferriday High will both have a senior who played football as their nominee for a scholarship. Every nominee wins one of seven scholarships given out on the night.
A junior high student-athlete will be recognized from Ferriday Junior High and Vidalia Junior High.
The 44-year-old Roberts is from Visalia, Calif., and was a two-time all-conference linebacker at College of the Sequoias in Visalia and transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was on the 1988 Gulf South Conference championship team.
Roberts guided Delta State University to four Gulf South Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
In five years under Roberts, the Statesmen were 47-16, with two of those losses in the 2010 NCAA Division II national championship and the 2011 semifinals. The Statesmen were 11-3 in 2011, when Roberts was named the AFCA Division II Region Coach of the Year, and 11-4 in 2010, when they averaged 31.9 points and 452.9 yards total offense per game.
He was Delta State's defensive coordinator for two years and became coach in 2007. He also has worked at Mount Whitney (Calif.) High School, Texas State, Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., Greensboro College, Burroughs High School in California and Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., his wife's home town.
He graduated from UTM with a degree in Sociology and later earned his master's degree in Education from the University of Memphis in 1992.
Roberts coached Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ricardo Colclough at Tusculum and Cleveland Browns wide receiver L.J. Castile at Delta State.
"I've got one more hire to make to complete my staff," Roberts said. "The biggest thing now is recruiting. We're putting all our efforts toward bringing in some quality players."
Tickets for the banquet at $20. Call 601-442-5481 or John Mark Williams at Concordia Bank in Vidalia at 336-5258 for more information.
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