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Terrence Edwin Roof Jr. (born December 11, 1963) is an American football coach and former player. A former stadout at Linebacker for Georgia Tech, He was the defensive coordinator at the Georgia Institute of Technology for two stints, one in 1999-2001 under George O'Leary, and secondly, 2013-2017 under Paul Johnson. On December 22, 2017, He accepted a position at North Carolina State.[1], resulting in his release. Roof served as the head coach at Duke University from 2003 to 2007, compiling a 6–45 record.[2] Noted for his highly aggressive defenses, Roof was the defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota, and at Auburn University, winning the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. His most recent position, prior to returning to his alma mater, was that of defensive coordinator at Penn State. On January 7, 2019, it was officially announced that Roof had accepted the Defensive Coordinator position at Appalchian State University.

Ted Roof
Ted Roof 2013.jpg
Roof coaches at Georgia Tech's spring game in 2013.
Current position
TitleDefensive Coordinator
TeamAppalachian State
ConferenceSun Belt
Biographical details
Born (1963-12-11) December 11, 1963 (age 55)
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Playing career
1982–1985Georgia Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1988Alabama (GA)
1989West Georgia (LB)
1990–1993Duke (LB)
1994UMass (LB/RC)
1995–1996UMass (DC)
1997Western Carolina (DC)
1998Georgia Tech (LB)
1999–2001Georgia Tech (DC)
2002–2003Duke (DC)
2003Duke (interim HC)
2008Minnesota (DC)
2009–2011Auburn (DC/LB)
2011UCF (DC)
2012Penn State (DC)
2013–2017Georgia Tech (DC)
2018NC State (AHC/co-DC/S)
2019-presentAppalachian State (DC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
As a defensive coordinator:
* BCS national champion (2010)


Early life and familyEdit

Roof attended Central Gwinnett High School and earned his bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Tech in 1987. Roof is married to Pam Ash-Roof of Fayetteville, Georgia, and the couple have twin boys, Terrence Davis and Michael Edwin. Terrence is a freshman linebacker at Georgia Tech and Michael is a freshman quarterback at Charlotte. [3]

Playing careerEdit

After graduating from Central Gwinnett High School, Roof went on to play football for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1982. He started his final three seasons and served as team captain while leading the Ramblin' Wreck's famed "Black Watch" defense as a senior. Their success fueled Georgia Tech's run to 9–2–1 in 1985, including a win over Michigan State in the All-American Bowl. Roof was honored as member of the All-America team, was selected to the All-ACC first team, and was named the Defensive Back of the Year by the Atlanta Touchdown Club. He remains among the most prolific tacklers in program history, ranking second for most tackles in a single game with 25 versus Tennessee in 1985 and seventh on the all-time tackling list with 417. Roof was enshrined into Georgia Tech's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Coaching careerEdit

Ted Roof on the sidelines, 2013

Roof began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Alabama in 1987, where he helped on defense before taking his first full-time position as the linebackers coach at the University of West Georgia for the 1989 season.

After Steve Spurrier left Duke University in 1990, his successor, Barry Wilson, lured Roof to fill the position coaching outside linebackers on his staff. When Wilson and his staff were fired after the 1993 season, Roof left to serve as an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Roof took his first job as defensive coordinator in 1997 at Western Carolina University, where he stayed one season before being lured away to join George O'Leary's staff at his alma mater. After spending the first season coaching the Yellow Jackets linebackers, Roof was promoted to defensive coordinator. He was nominated for the 2000 Broyles Award, an annual honor given to the nation's top assistant coach, when his defense finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in rushing defense and 20th in scoring defense. The following season, the Yellow Jackets were again one of the top defenses in the nation, ranking 23rd nationally in total defense and 32nd against the run.

When O'Leary left for the University of Notre Dame, Roof left Georgia Tech to become the defensive coordinator at Duke for the 2002 season. Roof's instruction brought marked improvement to the Duke Blue Devils defense, which the ACC in rushing defense after finishing ninth in the league the previous year. From 2001 to 2002, the Blue Devils moved from ninth to fifth in the ACC and from 113th to 58th nationally in total defense. They progressed in passing defense in the 2003 season, jumping to third-place in the ACC from ninth the previous year. When head coach Carl Franks was released midway through the 2003 season, Roof was promoted to interim head coach. The team finished the season by winning two of the last three games and Roof was subsequently hired as the 20th head coach at Duke on December 6, 2003. However, after winning only four games over the next four seasons,[4] he was fired on November 26, 2007, having compiled a 6–45 record. Despite the dismal record of Duke teams under Roof, his aggressive defenses consistently ranked in the top-30 nationally in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.[5][6]

Coach Roof's enthusiasm makes him successful. He has a passion for football. He lives, eats and sleeps football, and that rubs off on everyone around him (but no current playing field). Football is his first priority, but it goes deeper than that. He asks us our thoughts on the game plan, and then asks about our classes and families. It's a big thing when a coach cares about you and Coach Roof is so genuine. He really brought us together as a team. --Kenneth Stanford, 2004 Duke Co-Captain

The 2008 pre-season saw Roof in strong demand. While he had initially been hired on January 6, 2008 by the University of Louisville to work alongside Ron English and Ken Delgado on the defense,[7] it was reported on February 21, 2008 that Roof would succeed Everett Withers as the defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota.[8] Under just one season of Roof's tutelage, the Gophers made tremendous improvements to give up 160 fewer passing yards per game and over 135 fewer total yards when compared to the previous year's 119th ranked defense. Besides the nation's worst total defense, Roof also inherited a squad which had ranked 115th in pass defense, 114th in rushing defense and 109th in scoring defense in 2007. Roof's defense made strides throughout the season and finished ranked in the top-25 in both sacks[9] and tackles for loss[10] after being ranked 103rd[11] and 116th[12] the previous season. Roof's defense created 31 turnovers, second most in the Big Ten and 11th nationally. They were seventh in the nation causing fumbles (16), fueling the team's 16th ranking in turnover margin. Overall, the scoring defense improved to 61st, rushing defense to 69th, total defense to 79th and pass defense to 93rd. This quick turn-around on defense contributed to the Golden Gophers improving their record from 1–11 to 7–6 and garnering an appearance in the 2008 Insight Bowl.

On January 6, 2009, Roof was hired as the defensive coordinator at Auburn University by first-year head coach Gene Chizik. Roof had just finished one season in a three-year contract at Minnesota reportedly worth $350,000 a year.[7] His salary at Auburn was $370,000. While at Auburn, Roof coached in two bowl games, with wins in both the 2010 Outback Bowl and the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

On December 8, 2011, Roof accepted the defensive coordinator position at the University of Central Florida.[13] The move came after Roof led Auburn's defense to one of the worst statistical seasons in the program's history. Auburn's defense finished the 2011 regular season 78th in the nation, allowing 405.8 yards per game. The previous yards-per-game high for an Auburn defense was 389.1 in 1979.[14]

Ted has played an important role in the success of our football program, helping Auburn win 29 games in three years, including a national championship last season. I'm very appreciative of the passion, energy and work ethic Ted brought to the program every day. I know that this will be a great opportunity for Ted to be reunited with his mentor in George O'Leary and we wish him and his family nothing but the best at UCF.[15]--Gene Chizik, Auburn Head Coach 2009-2012

On January 10, 2012, Roof was hired by new head coach Bill O'Brien as defensive coordinator at Penn State. Due to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, on July 24, 2012 the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) sanctioned Penn State with a four-year postseason ban, loss of 40 scholarships over a four-year period and allowed players to transfer without having to sit out a year. Despite the difficult conditions of the program, Roof led the defense to rank second in the Big Ten Conference in scoring defense, led the league in sacks, ranked first in red-zone defense and third in turnover margin. Nationally, Penn State ranked tied for first in red-zone defense, 15th in sacks,[16] 16th in scoring defense,[17] 23rd in rushing defense, 28th in pass efficiency defense and 29th in total defense.

On January 9, 2013, Georgia Tech announced Roof was returning to his alma mater as defensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets.[18]

On December 22, 2017, North Carolina State announced that Ted Roof will join the Wolfpack staff as the 10th assistant coach now allowed by NCAA rules.[19]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2003–2007)
2003 Duke 2–3* 2–2* 8th*
2004 Duke 2–9 1–7 T–10th
2005 Duke 1–10 0–8 6th (Coastal)
2006 Duke 0–12 0–8 6th (Coastal)
2007 Duke 1–11 0–8 6th (Coastal)
Duke: 6–45 3–33 *First 7 games coached by Carl Franks
Total: 6–45

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Roof who became college or NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ "Defensive coordinator Ted Roof out at Georgia Tech". From The Rumble Seat. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Drew, Jeff (November 26, 2007). "Duke ends Roof's run as football coach". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved November 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "Ted Roof Bio -". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Duke Yearly Results (2003-2007)". 2008. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  5. ^ "2006 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
  6. ^ "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Ted Roof bolts to Minnesota". Sportsblogs, Inc. 2009. Archived from the original on April 29, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  8. ^ "U hires new defensive coordinator". NCAA. 2008. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
  9. ^ "2008 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  10. ^ "2008 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  11. ^ "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  12. ^ "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Charles. "Defensive coordinator Ted Roof leaves Auburn for Central Florida". Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  14. ^ Erickson, Joel. "Auburn football: Defensive coordinator Ted Roof reportedly leaving Tigers for same job at Central Florida". Columbus Ledger Enquirer. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Charles. "Auburn's Gene Chizik wishes Roof well". Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  16. ^ "2012 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  17. ^ "2012 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Scoring Defense". NCAA. 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  18. ^ "Ted Roof Returning To Georgia Tech As Defensive Coordinator". Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  19. ^ "ROOF JOINS WOLFPACK FOOTBALL STAFF". Retrieved December 22, 2017.

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