Stetson Football Coach Steps Down to Becomes President of Doane University

May 7, 2021 by

Stetson University President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, announced today (May 7) at Stetson's Board of Trustees meeting that Head Football Coach Roger Hughes, PhD, has been named president of his alma mater, Doane University, today following a meeting of that university's board.

"Roger Hughes has been a huge part of the Stetson community since 2011 and many point to his success in relaunching football for the Hatter Nation," said Roellke. "His greatest contribution isn't just a winning team, but his leadership and deep understanding of teaching and learning. He is known for his mentorship, for focusing on personal growth among student-athletes and for instilling values in his players. He will be an incredible president and I know we all wish him the best."

Hughes has been with Stetson Athletics since being named head football coach in 2011, and reviving Hatter Football in 2013. In 2018, he was named Pioneer Football League (PFL) Coach of the Year after turning a 2-9 record into an 8-2 record. As a result of Hughes' leadership, two former Stetson players launched professional careers in the NFL.

"Since 2011, Dr. Roger Hughes has been a pivotal personality within the Stetson University community and will be missed," said Jeff Altier, Stetson Athletics Director.  "As head football coach, he led the successful re-establishment of a football team, achieving athletic success, engaging thousands of students nationwide, and re-engaging a host of university alumni as they rallied to support the team.

"Roger's time at Stetson goes beyond athletic success and alumni engagement, as he created a remarkable leadership development program that will have a lasting impact upon all who participated," Altier continued. "Roger leads by example and passion, and I cannot imagine a better, more passionate leader for Doane University."

Stetson Athletics will begin a search to identify the Hatters' next football coach immediately. Deputy Athletics Director Alicia Queally will lead the search for a new coach.