Roger Caron was first introduced as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Football team in 1994, and will coach his 21th overall season with the Sagehens in 2016 (after missing two years in the 2000s). He also serves as a professor of physical education at Pomona College.
Caron had great success on the playing field, and was a fifth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he played from 1985-1987 before entering the coaching profession.
Caron began his coaching career in 1987 by joining the staff of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he helped coach the program to a 45-9-2 record in seven years. That record included a 23-game win streak (1988-1991) and an unprecedented 14 "Little Three" victories in a row. He also coached the wrestling team at Williams as well.
After taking over the Sagehens in 1994, Caron oversaw one of the best stretches in the history of the program, recording five straight winning seasons from 1995-1999. The 1999 team finished 7-1, the best record for the Sagehens since 1956 (when it was competing with Claremont McKenna as Pomona-Claremont).
In recent seasons, Caron has coached several program record-breakers on the offensive side of the ball, including his son Jake, who set career marks for passing (8408 yards) and total offense (9224 yards from 2007-10. R.J. Maki also set receiving records (256 catches for 3070 yards) from 2007-10, while Luke Sweeney set the rushing record (3004 yards) from 2009-2012.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Caron is the co-founder and co-director of the Pomona College Wellness Program. He teaches activity classes in advanced weight training, advanced conditioning, bowling and racquetball, and presented a lecture on the Albigensian Crusade in 2001.
A 1985 graduate of Harvard with a degree in European history, Caron was a Division I-AA first-team Kodak and AP All-American, a two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and a Shrine All-Star Game selection. He was inducted into the Harvard University Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as the Norwell High School Hall of Fame in 2010.
Caron still serves as an alumni interviewer for Harvard, and also earned his master's degree in education from Adams State in 1993, where he wrote his senior thesis on "Identifying Hegemonic Influences in the Profession of Coaching and the Institution of Sport." He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has served as the chair of the SCIAC Football Coaches.