Sept. 26, 2012
NEW YORK, NY - After an extensive national search, Fordham University announced today the appointment of David T. Roach as the new director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. Roach, who saw 75 of his teams win league championships in 22 years as an athletic director and who served as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors in 2010-2011, will begin his tenure on October 15.
“In David Roach, we have found an athletic director with a demonstrated ability to inspire the best performances from his student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “David’s approach - giving equal weight to athletics and scholarship - makes him an ideal fit for Fordham. We are confident that our student-athletes will benefit greatly under his leadership.”
"I'm extremely excited about joining the Fordham University family,” said Roach. “I cannot wait to get to campus and begin working with Father McShane, the University administration, campus community, outstanding coaches and athletic staff to accomplish great things for Fordham student-athletes. I have always admired Fordham's educational mission and the role that intercollegiate athletics plays in accomplishing that mission. I'm honored and humbled to have been selected as Fordham's Director of Athletics."
Roach arrives at Fordham after spending the past eight years as the director of athletics at Colgate University, where he managed the university’s programs in physical education, recreation, and competitive athletics for 25 Division I men’s and women’s teams, as well as intramural and club sports.
During his eight-year tenure at Colgate, the Raiders placed 14 teams in NCAA tournaments and captured 17 Patriot League titles or ECAC championships. Colgate student-athletes earned 18 All-American honors and 34 students were named Academic All-American scholars. In 2010-11, Colgate was No. 1 in NCAA Division I with its 100 percent graduation rate.
While at Colgate, Roach coordinated the development of a new athletic brand and mascot; enhanced Colgate’s scoreboards and overall look of its athletic venues; started the Raider Academic Honor Roll honoring student-athletes for academic accomplishments; increased ticket sales for football, hockey, basketball, and lacrosse; increased revenue from corporate sponsorships from $18,000 to more than $200,000 per year; and signed an agreement with Time Warner Cable Sports to televise selected athletic events.
Roach has also been very active in shaping the landscape of intercollegiate athletics, currently serving on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) organization. He has also served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2010-2011 and, prior to that, was a member of the NACDA Executive Committee as an officer from 2002-2010. He also served on the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet, the NCAA FCS Football Championship Committee, the joint NCAA OSL Sub Committee with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the National Governing Bodies and as chair of both the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee and the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee.
Prior to Colgate, Roach served as the Director of Athletics at Brown University for 14 years. In 2002, Brown’s athletics program was honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 athletics programs in the nation.
Under his tutelage, Brown won seven national championships and 58 Ivy League/Eastern titles with the Bruins appearing in 34 NCAA championships. Seven Brown student-athletes received NCAA or NACDA Post Graduate Scholarships.
Off the playing fields at Brown, Roach created the school’s first Student Athlete Advisory Board and implemented new sports marketing/promotions programs, including a new athletic logo and corporate sponsorship program. He helped increase endowment for athletics from $10 million to $45 million and oversaw $16 million in capital improvements.
At both schools, Roach instituted a program where each varsity team adopted a local school. The student-athletes mentor the students at the school, helping guide them academically and help the classroom teacher achieve the set goals for the school year.
Prior to his time as an athletic director, Roach served the head swimming coach at the University of Tennessee from 1986-1990 and at Brown from 1978-1986. At Tennessee, he was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989, coached 26 All-Americans and had a 23-13-1 dual meet record. He helped improved the Volunteers’ national recognition by moving the program from 39th to fourth at the NCAA Division I Championship.
As the head coach at Brown, Roach guided the Bruins to a 74-6-1 dual meet record, three Ivy League team championships and two Eastern team titles.
Roach was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Brown University Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1985, he was appointed as assistant coach of the United States National Swimming Team which competed at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan.
A native of Waterbury, Conn., Roach received his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in 1971, and earned a master of science degree in physical education from the school in 1972. He was a member of the Springfield College men’s varsity swimming team that won three consecutive New England Conference championships, serving as the team’s co-captain in 1971.
Roach and his wife, Anne, have three daughters, Elizabeth, Michelle and Alexandra.