Roland was a longtime TASO Football Dallas Chapter member. He was born in Dallas and received his degree from Prairie View A&M University before working at Texas Instruments, IBM, Lockheed and Dallas ISD before retiring.
Roland begin his football officiating career in 1976 calling games at Fair Oaks Park. Wanting to improve his opportunity to officiate at higher levels, he joined the Dallas Chapter the following year. His hard work and dedication paid off as he was assigned to two state semi‑final games and then as a NCAA official in the Southland Conference.