September 4, 1960 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Omaha Nighthawks (WR)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 Ivy League (2006)
Roger A. Hughes (born September 4, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head coach at Princeton University from 2000 to 2009, and amassed a 47–52 record. He has been named the newest head coach at Stetson University, which is reviving their program after a hiatus of more than 50 years beginning with the 2013 season.
Hughes grew up in Crawford, Nebraska and was a three-sport athlete at Crawford High School. He received a basketball scholarship to attend Nebraska Western Junior College, where he spent one year, before transferring to Doane College. He played golf and football as a tight end there and graduated in 1982.
Hughes served as an assistant coach at Doane, Nebraska, Wisconsin–Whitewater, Cameron, and Dartmouth. In 2000, he was hired as the head coach at Princeton University. Hughes' best season came in 2006, when the Tigers finished with a 9–1 mark to share the Ivy League co-championship with Yale. In the preseason, Princeton had been picked to finish sixth (of eight) in the conference, and the team's performance earned Hughes consideration as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the best head coach at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.
Princeton finished the 2009 season with a 4–6 record for the third consecutive year. Hughes was fired the following day on November 23. At the time of his termination, Hughes had the sixth-worst record by winning percentage of the school's 21 coaches. In 2010, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski hired Hughes to be the wide receivers coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
- Roger Hughes, Princeton University, retrieved June 25, 2010.
- Princeton Championships, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 25, 2010.
- Hughes fired as head coach, The Daily Princetonian, November 23, 2009.
- Football: Nebraska native back from Ivy League for UFL job, The Omaha World-Herald, May 6, 2010.