Darryl Rogers, one of the most successful and popular San Jose State University football coaches in the program's 100-plus year history, died Wednesday. He was 84-years old.
Mr. Rogers was the Spartans' head coach during the 1973, 1974 and 1975 seasons. San Jose State had a winning record each season and compiled a 22-9-3 overall win loss record. Before his arrival, the Spartans' last winning season was in 1961 with a 6-4 record.
"On behalf of the San Jose State University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, we want to express our condolences to the Rogers family and, in particular, his granddaughter Adie Collard, who is a member of our women's swimming and diving team. When he took over as our head coach, he breathed new life into Spartan football. He was thrilled that Adie was a Spartan," said Marie Tuite, San Jose State's director of athletics.
His players included San Jose State's first three National Football League first-round draft choices, defensive back Louie Wright (Denver, 1975), defensive end Kim Bokamper, (Miami, 1976) and defensive tackle Wilson Faumuina (Atlanta, 1977), and quarterback Steve DeBerg, who played 17 seasons for six NFL teams.
"Darryl Rogers gave our football program legitimacy. He demanded detail and execution on both sides of the ball. It was a pleasure to play for him. He was a perfectionist," said James Hawkins, a linebacker on the 1974 and 1975 teams coached by Rogers.
Prior to taking over at San Jose State, Mr. Rogers was the head coach at Cal State Hayward (1965) and Fresno State (1966-72), his alma mater. After his three seasons with the Spartans, he was the head coach at Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84) and the Detroit Lions (1985-88). His college head coaching record was 129-84-7 earned him a spot as one of six NCAA Division I head coaching finalists for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
His survivors include his wife, Marsha, daughters, Stacy and Jamie, and granddaughters, Samantha Dawson and Adie Collard.
A funeral service is set for Thursday, July 19, 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Community Church located at 12168 N. Willow Avenue, Clovis, Calif. A reception and lunch follows at the Fort Washington Country Club, 10272 N. Millbrook Avenue, Fresno, Calif.