Former NFL linebacker named Po-Hi Interim Wrestling Coach

November 3, 2020 | Featured|Sports

PONCA CITY — Former NFL linebacker and 2004 Ponca City High School graduate, Justin Roland has been named Interim Head Wrestling Coach at Ponca City High School.

Roland is the third Po-Hi graduate to lead the wrestling program in over 90 years. Roland has been involved in the PCPS wrestling and football programs for the past 10 years.

Justin Roland

“I’m excited to be the leader of this program that taught me about toughness and discipline. I plan to bring toughness, discipline, and sweat equity to the program. In addition, it is imperative to me for this program to be a positive influence on our school and community.” said Roland. 

Roland spent eight years as a junior high assistant wrestling coach and two years as the junior high head wrestling coach. During that time, he guided multiple state placers and champions. In addition, his junior high team captured the 2019-20 State Championship. He was selected as the Junior High Coach of the Year. 

Roland has spent 10 years on the high school football staff, serving as an assistant for six years and defensive coordinator for four years.  

As an athlete, Roland began wrestling as a freshman and finished his senior year as a State Champion. He was a member of the two traditional state championships and two dual state championships. 

During his time as a Wildcat football player, he was named All-District three times. 

Roland played football for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American. 

Roland continued his playing career at Kansas State University where he was a two-year starting linebacker and named to the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team.

Justin Roland as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles

In 2008 he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. On Aug. 15, 2008, he ran an interception back for a touchdown during a game against the Carolina Panthers.

In 2009 he signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Roland later signed with the Houston Texans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I am extremely proud of Coach Roland and his commitment to the students of PCPS,” said Ponca City School Athletic Director Jason Leavitt.  “As a former teammate, he has always shown great character and integrity. He also understands the tradition of Ponca City Wrestling and what it means to so many. 

Roland replaces former coach Jared Daniel Wynn who is facing criminal charges in Kay County District Court. (see story)