CLEVELAND, Miss. – After guiding the Delta State to a 47-16 record over the last five seasons, Ron Roberts announced his resignation on Dec. 19 to accept the same position at Southeastern Louisiana.  Roberts will begin his new duties in Hammond, La., immediately.

“We appreciate the work coach Roberts has put into our program over the last seven years and wish he and his family all the best in their new endeavors,” DSU director of athletics Jeremy McClain stated.  “Coach Roberts continued to build upon the winning traditions established by his predecessors here at DSU and we thank him for that.”

Roberts, who spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as defensive coordinator on coach Rick Rhoades' staff, led the Statesmen to four Gulf South Conference championships and four NCAA Division II playoff appearances during his five-year tenure as head coach.  His 2010 squad advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game before falling to Minnesota-Duluth on a last second field goal 20-17.

In 2011, the Statesmen spent five weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation and closed the season with an 11-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Semifinal, a 49-23 loss at eventual national champion Pittsburg State.

Roberts began his tenure as DSU's head coach with back-to-back 10-2 seasons in 2007 and 2008, claiming GSC titles in both campaigns.  His 2009 squad failed to live up to preseason expectations, finishing the year with a 5-5 record.

McClain stated a national search to find Delta State's next head coach is already underway.  “Over the last decade, the Statesmen football program has become synonymous with success.  We have already initiated the beginning phases of our search to find our next head coach.”