A disorderly conduct warrant charging Tyler Roden, the first-year coach of Shorter Lady Hawks basketball, has been issued following an investigation by the Rome Police Department’s criminal investigation division.
It caps a week of turbulent times at Shorter that apparently started at a game he was coaching Jan. 5 that saw the Lady Hawks fall to Delta State, 69-59. He was coaching against his father, Craig Roden, and it was believed to have been the first father-vs.-son coaching showdown in the Gulf Southern Conference history. Shorter is off to a 1-12 start this season.
Tyler Roden was not in custody as Friday afternoon, said Debbie Burnett, assistant chief of police. Shorter’s Dawn Tolbert, Associate Vice President for University Communications, says the university does not comment on personnel matters.
What we know so far:
On Monday, “We were notified this morning by the Rome Police Department about an individual who had made threats of committing harm to himself and others at Shorter. The Rome Police Department has officers on campus and is investigating the matter. Our campus safety personnel are working closely with the Rome Police Department,” said Shorter’s Dawn Tolbert. “The individual in question is not on campus and classes are operating normally.”
Monday afternoon, radio station WEIS 990 AM and 100.5 FM posted the above photograph as well as the following text:
“Cherokee County law enforcement officials have detained an individual this morning after a BOLO was issued for the subject out of neighboring Floyd County, Ga. The lookout was issued by the Rome City Police Department and at this point, it’s unclear exactly what led to the situation – the subject was taken into custody just prior to 8 a.m., in the parking lot of the Country Store on Highway 9 in Cedar Bluff. We’ll have additional information as it becomes available.” (Please see the photo above from WEIS)
Burnett, Rome’s assistant chief of police, was asked Monday about the BOLO and situation in Cedar Bluff. Her comments:
“… This was a separate incident that stemmed from a third party reporting a possible threat at Shorter … The threat has not been substantiated yet. Cherokee County did detain him based on the BOLO but to my knowledge, there are no charges at this time.”
Shorter also canceled its Monday evening basketball games with Mississippi College.
About Tyler Roden: (From Shorter’s website)
Tyler Roden is in his first season as an head coach for the Shorter University women’s basketball program. Roden comes to Shorter after spending 2015-2016 season at Delta State University as an assistant coach where he helped coach his team to a GSC championship.
Before coaching at Delta State, Roden spent the 2014-15 season as the Head Girls Coach at Archbishop McCarthy School in Southwest Ranches, Florida. During his one season with Archbishop McCarthy finished third in the region behind to national top 100 teams while two players earned First-Team All-District.
Before his one season at McCarthy, Roden was the Head Girls Coach at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla., in 2013-14. He coached LHS to a school record nine conference wins and Micah Garvin was named the Seminole Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Two players earned First-Team All-Conference honors and two signed scholarships with NCAA institutions.
Roden spent from 2011-2013 as the Head Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala. Roden duties included recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, opponent scouting, academic coordinator, and fundraising. The Tigers made the Gulf South Conference tournament for just the second time in 20 years during his tenure.
Roden served as a graduate assistant for the the Tigers women’s team from 2010-11 before moving to men’s team. Roden handled strength and conditioning and guard development. UWA posted an 18-9 record, including a win over top ranked Arkansas Tech. Mystee Dale became the first NCAA All-American in school history while garnering GSC and NCAA South Region Player of the year laurels. Additionally, two guards were named All-GSC and was apart of signing eight players that were a key part of the 2012 GSC.