The Colgate Scene
September 2004


David Roach
[Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
David Roach named athletics director

Leather helmets and the flying wedge: early football at Colgate
President Rebecca Chopp announced the appointment of David Roach as the university's director of athletics in late June.

Roach, who was Brown University's athletic director for the past 14 years, is responsible for overseeing the Division of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, which provides for all aspects of the university's program in physical education, recreation, and competitive athletics from intramural and club sports to varsity competition on 25 men's and women's Division I teams.

"David Roach comes to us with a deep understanding of the opportunities and issues in college and university athletics today," said President Chopp. "With his years of experience in the Ivy League -- the most frequent crossover opponents for Patriot League teams -- he is familiar with our athletic philosophy and heritage. As a leader who has been dealing with intercollegiate athletics nationally, he understands how Colgate, with its emphasis on balancing excellence in academics and athletics, can be a national model of a liberal arts university."

Roach, 54, is the eighth director of athletics in Colgate's history. His predecessor, Mark Murphy, resigned in the spring of 2003 after 11 years to become director of athletics at Northwestern University.

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Roach graduated from Springfield College in 1971, and has an MS in physical education from Springfield (1972).

Roach was named the 13th athletic director at Brown University in 1990. He was responsible for revitalizing the Brown athletic program, overseeing the resurgence of its athletic teams while balancing the budget and launching an ambitious marketing, promotional, and community involvement campaign.

During Roach's tenure as athletic director, Brown teams captured 62 Ivy League or Eastern championships, made 36 NCAA tournament appearances, and won eight national championships, including Brown's first four NCAA championships. In 2002, Brown's athletic program was honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 athletic programs in the nation. Brown's athletic department was also honored in 1999-2000 by the Rhode Island Sports Council as Rhode Island's Outstanding Sports Organization for contributions to, and support of, the state's sports tradition.

In his role as Brown's director of athletics, Roach oversaw the Department of Athletics and Physical Education. He had responsibility for hiring and supervising more than 100 athletic department employees, including coaches of 37 varsity and several club sports teams with more than 900 student-athletes.

Roach created Brown's first student athletic advisory board, and implemented a sports marketing and promotions program that includes a new athletics logo and corporate sponsorship program. Roach returned to Brown, where he spent eight years (1978-86) as the women's swim coach, after a successful coaching stint at the University of Tennessee, where his women's swimming teams won 85 percent of their meets in his four years there (1986-90). During his tenure at Tennessee, the program improved from 39th to 4th at the NCAA Division I Championship.

In eight years at the helm of the Brown women's swim program, Roach took the Bears into the national spotlight. Inheriting the last-place team in the Ivy League, Roach guided Brown to conference championships in 1983, 1984, and 1985. During his tenure in Providence, Roach's teams amassed a record of 74-6-1 and, in 1985 and 1986, Brown won the 31-team Eastern Championship under his direction. In 1988 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame, and in 1989 he was inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame. In 1985 he was named coach of the United States national swimming team in the World University Games in Kobe, Japan.

Roach was a member of the Springfield College men's varsity swim team that was New England Conference champion for three consecutive years. He was the team's co-captain in 1971 and an assistant coach in 1972.

After graduation, he served for three years in the United States Marine Corps before becoming the head coach at the New Mexico Aquatic Club in Las Cruces, N.M., and for the New Mexico State University men's water polo team. Roach has also served in a number of teaching and administrative positions, including assistant aquatics director at Brown (1978-86), aquatic director of the Brown Sports Camp (1978-85), assistant aquatics director at New Mexico State University (1976-78), and athletic officer in the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (1974-75).

Roach is a former member of the Springfield College Corporation and Springfield Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He is a former president of the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges and is a former member of the ECAC Award of Valor Committee. He was the chairman of the Ivy League Committee on Administration in 1991-1992 and 1999-2000, and has served as the liaison for the Ivy League football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and field hockey coaches during his tenure. In addition, Roach has served on the executive committees for EIWA wrestling and ECAC ice hockey.

Roach was a member of the NCAA Championship Competition Cabinet for five years (1997-2002), and is currently the chair of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee. He is the former president of the I-AA Athletic Directors Association (2001-2002) and the former chair of I-AA AD's Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee. In 1999, he received the Gen. Robert Neyland Award from the All-America Football Foundation. Roach is also deeply involved in the community, having served on the board of directors

of the Rhode Island Special Olympics. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Sports Development Council.

He and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three daughters: Elizabeth, Michelle, and Alexandra.

Hughes named coach of women's basketball

The appointment of Kristin Hughes as head women's basketball coach was announced in June.

She replaces Beth Combs, who resigned earlier this year to accept a similar position at Northwestern University. Hughes comes to Colgate from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was serving as interim athletics director and head women's basketball coach.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach the women's basketball team at Colgate," said Hughes. "This is truly a dream job for me and I am anxious to build upon the success and enthusiasm generated by the women's program last season."

Hughes served at Case Western for 11 seasons. During her tenure, she became the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program, with 120 victories.

The highlight of her career came during the 2001-2002 season when she guided the Spartans to their first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, finishing with a 20-7 record. The team finished second in the University Athletic Association before advancing to the NCAA tournament.

In 1995-96, Hughes led Case Western Reserve to a third-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference with its first winning season since 1983. She became the first CWRU women's basketball coach to be named conference coach of the year.

In 2000, Hughes was promoted to the position of assistant athletic director and primary women's administrator. She was named interim athletics director in 2003.

Prior to her arrival at Case Western Reserve, Hughes, a 1971 graduate of Elms College, spent two years as an assistant coach in basketball at Amherst College, as well as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity women's lacrosse coach at Smith College.

Men's crew wins first-ever IRA crown

The men's varsity four without coxswain crew won Colgate's first-ever IRA championship in leading the men's crew program's impressive performance at the IRA Regatta on the Cooper River in New Jersey to close out its season.

The Raiders won their race with a time of 6:43.07, three seconds faster than Yale University. Rowing in the shell were Ryan Cole '04, Mike McCarthy '05, Paul Kelly '05, and Dave Galos '05.

Colgate advanced to the Grand Finals after taking first in one of three semifinal races.

Athletic Hall of Honor to induct five new members

Five former athletes will be enshrined in the Colgate Athletic Hall of Honor on November 5, the evening before a home football game against Lafayette College. After this year's class is inducted, the membership in the hall will reach 166.

The new inductees are Andrea Basztura '96, softball/field hockey; Mike Foley '78, football; Nels MacCallum '51, baseball; Robert Meehan '65, ice hockey; and Tucker Neale '95, basketball.

For tickets to the induction ceremony, contact Brad Houston at 315-228-7060.

Odds and ends

Head volleyball coach Jenna Panatier recently announced the addition of Eve Rackham and Lindsey Zerr to the coaching staff. Rackham, a former standout at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will serve as the first assistant and work closely with the team's setters, while Zerr, a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, will serve as the second assistant.

Ninety-four Colgate student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll announced by Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. To be eligible, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the 12 league-sponsored winter or spring championship sports.

Head women's ice hockey coach Scott Wiley announced the appointment of Josh Liegl as assistant coach. Liegl was the assistant coach at Division I Findlay University the past two seasons, before the program dropped hockey following the 2003-2004 campaign.

The Minnesota Wild selected sophomore Kyle Wilson '06 with the 272nd pick in the ninth round of the 2004 National Hockey League entry draft. Wilson is the first Raider taken in the NHL entry draft since the Philadelphia Flyers chose current defenseman Joey Mormina '05 in the sixth round in 2002.

Staying connected

Check out the Colgate athletics website: The website provides daily information on the Raider program including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information. You can also call the Raider Sportsline at 315-228-7900.

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