El Molino Football Coach Roan Steps Down

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Witer Michael Coit:

Mike Roan resigned as El Molino’s football coach after six years and named longtime assistant Matt Transue to take over on Friday.

A former NFL tight end, Roan remains a physical education teacher and athletic director for El Molino.

“I have enjoyed my time as head football coach and it has been an honor and a pleasure to lead the program and coach the young men at this school for the last six years,” Roan said. “It’s not a decision that I made in a rush. There’s a lot of little reasons that just add up.”

The move follows El Molino’s first winning season in seven years and a North Coast Section playoff win followed by a second round loss. The Lions will be in good hands with Transue leading the team, Roan said.

Transue takes over after seven years as El Molino’s defensive coordinator and leading the junior varsity this past season. He teaches social studies and also is activities director and the school’s dean of students.

“It’s important to have someone in there you think can do the job and I think he’s ready,” Roan said. “Matt has been an important part of my coaching staff and the success we achieved last season. I know he will do a great job leading this program to new levels.”

As athletic director, Roan said he will continue to help guide El Molino’s players.

Roan, 38, lives in Sebastopol with his wife, Amber, and their daughter 6 and son 5. The couple moved to west Sonoma County not long after Roan retired from the National Football League.

Playing all six of his years in the NFL with Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans — 1995 to 2000 – Roan retired after a serious knee injury and broken leg. A highlight was playing in the 2000 Super Bowl, which the Titans lost to the St. Louis Rams.

A native if Iowa City, Iowa, Roan attended the University of Wisconsin. He played in the Rose Bowl for Wisconsin in a win over UCLA on New Year’s Day 1994. He is a Bay Area transplant because Amber grew up in Orinda, in the East Bay.

After two years as El Molino’s junior varsity coach, Roan took a year off to earn his teaching credential. Roan took over the head coaching the same year he became a physical education teacher.

Transue has coached high school football 15 years. He played and coached at Rancho Cotate, under Ed Conroy, and has been a coach at El Molino since 1998.