Rogers in 2010
|Born||May 28, 1934|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||July 10, 2018 (aged 84)|
|Position(s)||Wide receiver, defensive back|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1961–1964||Fresno CC (DB)|
|1965||Cal State Hayward|
|1973–1975||San Jose State|
|1991||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 CCAA (1968)|
1 PCAA (1975)
1 Big Ten (1978)
|Sporting News College Football COY (1978)|
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1977)
Darryl Dale Rogers (May 28, 1934 – July 10, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at California State College at Hayward—now known as California State University, East Bay (1965), California State University, Fresno (1966–1972), San Jose State University (1973–1975), Michigan State University (1976–1979), and Arizona State University (1980–1984), compiling a career college football record of 129–84–7. From 1985 to 1988, Rogers was the head coach of Detroit Lions the National Football League (NFL), tallying a mark of 18–40. In 1991, served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), coaching the Blue Bombers to a 9–9 record and an appearance in the East Final.
Early life and education
Born in Los Angeles, Rogers graduated from Jordan High School in Long Beach, California. After attending Long Beach City College, Rogers transferred to Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno). At Fresno State, Rogers completed two degrees in physical education, a bachelor's degree in 1957 and master's degree in 1964. He played at end, with both wide receiver and defensive back roles, on the Fresno State Bulldogs football team in 1955 and 1956.
In 1961, Rogers became defensive backfield coach at Fresno City College. He served as the head coach at Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) in 1965, Fresno State from 1966 to 1972, San Jose State from 1973 to 1975, Michigan State from 1976 to 1979, and Arizona State from 1980 to 1984, compiling a career college football record of 129–84–7.
Rogers was then the head coach of the National Football League's Detroit Lions from 1985 to 1988, where his record was 18–40. He went 7–9 in 1985 (with home wins over four playoff teams), 5–11 in 1986, 4–11 in 1987, and 2–9 in 1988, for a career record with the Lions of 18–40. One of his more famous quotes during his unsuccessful tenure with the Lions was when he once wondered aloud to reporters after a loss, "What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?" He was succeeded by Wayne Fontes.
In 1991, Rogers served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) coaching the Blue Bombers to a 9–9 record and an appearance in the East Final. After the CFL stint, Rogers was named head coach of the Arkansas Miners of the fledgling Professional Spring Football League. However, the league never made it out of its first training camp and folded just ten days before the start of the 1992 season.
Head coaching record
|Cal State Hayward Pioneers (Far Western Conference) (1965)|
|1965||Cal State Hayward||3–7||0–0||NA|
|Cal State Hayward:||3–7||0–0|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1966–1968)|
|1968||Fresno State||7–4||4–0||1st||L Camellia|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1969–1972)|
|San Jose State Spartans (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1973–1975)|
|1973||San Jose State||5–4–2||2–0–2||2nd|
|1974||San Jose State||8–3–1||2–2||T–2nd|
|1975||San Jose State||9–2||5–0||1st|
|San Jose State:||22–9–3||9–2–2|
|Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1979)|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1980–1984)|
|1982||Arizona State||10–2||5–2||T–3rd||W Fiesta||6||6|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|DET||1985||7||9||0||.438||4th in NFC Central||-||-|
|DET||1986||5||11||0||.313||3rd in NFC Central||-||-|
|DET||1987||4||11||0||.267||5th in NFC Central||-||-|
|DET||1988||2||9||0||.182||4th in NFC Central||-||-|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|WPG||1991||9||9||0||.500||2nd in East Division||1||1||Lost in East Final|
Assistant coaches under Rogers who became college or NFL head coaches:
- Walt Harris: Pacific (CA) (1989–1991), Pittsburgh (1997–2004), Stanford (2005–2006)
- Mike Martz: St. Louis Rams (2000–2005)
- Ray Greene: North Carolina Central (1978–1979), Alabama A&M(1979–1983, 1986–1989)
- "Former Bulldog player and coach Darryl Rogers passes away". Fresno State Athletics. July 12, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
- Jenkins, Mike (April 7, 1976), "New coaches anxious to start" (PDF), The State News, Michigan State University, 70 (104), p. 12
- "Darryl Rogers Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- Henning, Lynn (July 11, 2018). "Darryl Rogers left his mark with his humanity". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
- Warszawski, Marek (November 26, 2016). "Worst Fresno State football season over, real work begins for Jeff Tedford". Fresno Bee. Retrieved July 11, 2018.