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Loyd Roberts
Roberts c. 1929
Roberts c. 1929
Born 1907
Stigler, Oklahoma
Died July 4, 1989 (aged 82)
Johnson City, Tennessee
Awards Football
2× All-Southern (1929, 1930)

Loyd Thomas "Preacher" Roberts (1907 – July 4, 1989) was an American college football and college basketball player and coach. He played football and basketball at Tulane University. Roberts served as the head football coach at Arkansas State Teachers College—now known as the University of Central Arkansas in 1941 and East Tennessee State College—now known as East Tennessee State University—from 1947 to 1951, compiling a career college football coaching record of 26–26–2. He was also the head basketball coach at Arkansas State Teachers in 1941–42, the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1946–47, and East Tennessee State in 1947–48, tallying a career college basketball mark of 36–25.

Playing career

Roberts played both football and basketball for the Tulane Green Wave of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His brother, Floyd Roberts, was called "Little Preacher" and played as a halfback for Tulane next to Don Zimmerman.[1]


Roberts was a prominent center for Tulane Green Wave football team, including the Southern Conference (SoCon) championship football teams of 1929 and 1930, quarterbacked by Red Dawson. Roberts wore number 45.


Roberts anchored the line on the undefeated SoCon champion 1929 team.[2]


Roberts was elected captain of the 1930 team.[3][4] He was selected All-Southern.[5]

Coaching career

Central Arkansas

Roberts spent a year coaching for the Central Arkansas Bears, compiling a record of 3–6.[6]


After serving in the United States Navy as a lieutenant during World War II, Roberts was hired as line coach at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), working under head football coach Pooley Hubert.[7]

East Tennessee State

Roberts spent five seasons as the head football coach at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee from 1947 to 1951, compiling a record of 23–20–2. He also served as the basketball coach for one season in 1947–48 and was the athletic director from 1947 to 1953.[8]


Thomas died on July 4, 1989, at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.[9]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arkansas State Teachers Bears (Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference) (1941)
1941 Arkansas State Teachers 3–6
Arkansas State Teachers: 3–6
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Independent) (1947–1948)
1947 East Tennessee State 5–4
1948 East Tennessee State 6–2–1
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Smoky Mountain Conference) (1949)
1949 East Tennessee State 5–4 3–1 2nd
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Smoky Mountain Conference / Volunteer State Athletic Conference) (1950–1951)
1950 East Tennessee State 3–5–1 1–2–1 / 0–1–1 4th / 4th
1951 East Tennessee State 4–5 1–1 2nd
East Tennessee State: 23–20–2 5–4–1
Total: 26–26–2
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.


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