Life motto is “Another Day In Paradise”
Robert is the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at St. James High School.
As a head football coach, Robert has compiled a career win/loss record of 111-
49. His head coaching stints include Scotlandville High, West St. John High, and
McKinley High School. Robert has been named New Orleans Saints Coach of
the Week three times and had been a finalist for Coach of the Year in 2012. He
was named River Parishes Coach if the year in 2011 and recently was named
Coach of the Month of October by the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and
the Daily Courrier. Robert one of three coaches selected from a national search
to provide lessons on football administration in Mexico.
The most rewarding aspect of his career is the return of former student athletes
and seeing their progress. Over the years, more than 50 student athletes have
earned athletic scholarships to some of nations top colleges and universities.
The list includes universities ranging from LSU, Mississippi State, Washington
State, Stanford, and Yale. Also, a ton of HBCU’s like Southern, Grambling, and
Prairie View A&M.
Robert is co-founder and Vice President of the Minority Coaches Network. An
organization founded to provide resources for young minority coaches and
collegiate opportunities for student athletes. Robert is the Second Vice President
of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association and sits on the board of the
Louisiana Football Coaches Association. Robert is also a member of the
American Football Coaches Association.
Locally Robert and St. James High Football sponsor the annual Wildcat
Women’s Football Camp. A fundraiser to address all kinds of cancer. Proceeds
from the camp have gone to assisting community members fighting the good
fight and charitable donations. Next year the camp will partner with the American
Cancer Society. At St. James High the Wildcats have a home base of the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Robert and his football players have
participated in several community clean-up projects in conjunction with the Army
JROTC of St. James High. Robert was honored to be the guest speaker of the
Black History Program in 2018. Robert is married to Leah Thomas Valdez and
they have two daughters Lorynn and Raina Valdez.