Charles "Corky" Rogers
Charles “Corky” Rogers has amassed more high school football victories than any other coach in Florida. His 326-65-1 career record places him within the top 20 still-active coaches and the top 50 all-time coaches in the nation.
Rogers was born in Bay City, Mich., and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in 1961. He was a three-sport athlete, playing for the Generals’ 1960 mythical state championship football team and the 1961 baseball state championship team. He was also a basketball player. Rogers earned a scholarship to play football for Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech. He received a degree in industrial management in 1968. Rogers then moved to the NFL, where he played briefly for Don Shula with the Baltimore Colts.
Rogers spent three years as an assistant football coach at Ribault High School in Jacksonville before taking the head coaching position at Robert E. Lee in 1972. He recorded 10 straight district titles from 1977-1986 and coached LeRoy Butler, who went on to become a four-time All-Pro safety for the Green Bay Packers.
In 1989, Rogers took the helm of the football program at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. His wing-T offense has led the Bulldogs to seven state championships and two runner-up finishes that span three classifications. Rogers’ success has catapulted him to the top of the list of Florida’s winningest high school football coaches. He took over the top spot with his 314th win in September 2004, surpassing fellow Hall of Fame member Gene Cox. Among the Florida high school coaches with more than 300 wins, Rogers is the only coach with fewer than 100 losses.
Rogers is a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of FACA. He was a 2002 nominee for the NFL High School Football Coach of the Year award, and was the head coach of Team USA for the NFL Global Junior Championship IX in Jacksonville in 2005.