Coach Cador set to release autobiography this summer

Roger Cador, Southern University head baseball coach, is set to release his autobiography, “Against All Odds” this summer. The book reflects on Cador’s journey to his successes as a player, coach and person.

A sneak peek of the book cover was revealed at a press conference held Thursday, April 24. Tressa Smallwood is heading the publishing effort at Life Changing Books and the book is set for the release in late summer of 2014.

The book chronicles Cador’s childhood, high school, college and professional baseball years with the Atlanta Braves organization, and then on to Southern as an assistant basketball coach to Southern head baseball coach and even through being named on the MLB Diversity Committee.

Cador credits friend, Alice Park who insisted he write this book to help motivate someone else.  “She said I needed to write this book because someone out there is going through what you went through and they may need to hear your story to help them,” said Cador.  

Through this book, Cador said he hopes people will “learn the value of someone who had struggled with every facet of life and who was deprived of a basic education at a young age, who got laughed at and endured a lot of other things said about them. I didn’t quit. I just found ways to keep working and doing my thing and ignoring all of the negative things.”

Cador said in his journey of writing the motivational autobiography he found out that Herschel Walker, the former NFL player, experienced some of the same things as Cador.

One message he makes in the book is “That no matter what you go through you never give up or find fault or blame people. We live in a great country in the world. I was able to elevate myself from all of that horrible past to make good things happen,” said Cador.

Cador is in his 30th season as the head baseball coach of Southern. He took over the program in 1984 and has become one of the most respected coaches in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with the accomplishment of compiling an 857-509-1 record.

During his time at Southern he has reached many accomplishments including: 14 SWAC Championships, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA Play-In Tournament appearances, and his Jaguars became the first Historically Black College  University to win an NCAA Play-In game with the defeat of Austin Peay University in 1996.

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