Roh brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to Crimson Tide
Jerrod Roh begins his second season with the Alabama soccer program in 2015. Along with his coaching duties as Defensive Coordinator -- primarily working with goalkeepers and defensive strategies -- Roh serves as the Recruiting Coordinator and is the Director of the newly launched Roll Tide Soccer Academy.
"I came to Alabama with the objective to help get this program turned around, like we have been able to do at previous stops in my coaching career," said Roh. "I am now excited to work with Coach Hart to get this accomplished. He clearly has a great understanding of how to create an environment, and a cohesive team where the highest level players can thrive, develop, and achieve -- not just at the conference level, but at the national level. This is going to be a fun ride and I am happy to be a part of it."
Under his watch in 2014, the Crimson Tide turned in one of the strongest collective defensive seasons in the history of the program. Alabama recorded nine total shutouts on the season, thanks to an elite defensive back line. The nine shutouts were the second most during a season single in school history.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Rusk emerged as a record setting goalie in 2014, tying the school record for shutouts in a season with seven, including five in conference play. Rusk ranked third in the conference for her goals against average (0.94) and save percentage (.800), while finishing tied for fourth with her seven shutouts. Rusk earned numerous national accolades throughout the 2014 season, including two SEC Defensive Player of the Week awards, along with a pair of weekly honors from nationally recognized soccer publications.
Coach Roh also served as the Tide's Academic Support liaison during the 2014 season. The Alabama women were impressive in the classroom under Roh's watch, turning in one of the strongest academic years in program history. Senior forward Laura Lee Smith was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, making her just the second player in Alabama history to earn the award. Smith also earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors for her academic efforts. Fellow senior Merel van Dongen earned first team honors for her excellence in the classroom.
Alabama was the only NCAA Division I program in 2014 to have two First or Second Team Academic All-Americans. Both seniors, along with junior Abby Lutzenkirchen, earned First Team CoSIDA/Capital Academic All-District 4 honors recognizing their standout skills academically and athletically. Alabama was one of two NCAA Division I programs to have three First Team All-District members. Every member of the Crimson Tide Soccer team earned a 3.0 GPA or better in the Fall of 2014 making it the most impressive season in the classroom in program history.
"When you combine the raised academic profile of the University of Alabama with the unparalleled resources and support for our student-athletes, this is without a doubt one of the best places for a young woman to have a complete experience as a soccer student-athlete and help pioneer a chapter of championship level success for the Crimson Tide," said Roh.
Roh is no stranger to the SEC coaching circles, having coached at the University of Kentucky from 2004-07. During his time there, he helped lead the Wildcats to an SEC championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2006. Roh's input helped former UK goalie Anne Ogundele post what was then an SEC single-season record of 14 shutouts, a mark that still stands as the second-most shutouts in league history.
Following his stint at Kentucky, Roh spent five seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he also enjoyed countless success. Roh was a key figure in taking the Gophers from the bottom of the Big Ten in 2006, the year before his arrival, to the best three-year stretch in program history from 2008-10.
The Gophers won more games than any Big 10 school during that stretch (48), while winning a Big 10 championship in 2008 and making two appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 (2008 and 2010). In addition, he coached goalkeeper Lindsay Dare, who still holds the Big 10 single-season shutout record of 17, set in 2008.
He also played an instrumental role in the program setting a school record with 16 Academic All-Big Ten honorees in 2010, while they also earned a second straight Academic Progress Report Public Recognition Award after recording back-to-back perfect APR scores in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to joining the Tide in 2014, Roh spent two seasons at Hamline University in Minnesota. While there, Hamline enjoyed its most successful season in program history, finishing the 2012 campaign with a 12-5-1 overall record, while recording a program-best eight shutouts.
In addition to his work for Hamline in 2012, Roh traveled to Uganda in East Africa for three weeks to serve FUFA (the Uganda National Soccer Federation). His work included training the men's full national team, several Super League men's pro teams and girls youth teams.
Roh began his college coaching career at Western Carolina University, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach (2001-03). There, he was part of the best conference season in program history also, helping the Catamounts capture the Southern Conference regular season championship in just their third year of existence in 2001.
Roh has spent time at three different Division I schools in his career prior to arriving at Alabama, guiding each to a conference championship during his tenure.
Roh has coached six All-Americans, 19 All-Region, 31 All-Conference, and 100+ All-Academic honorees in his collegiate coaching career.
Roh got his start in coaching as the boys' varsity head coach at Papillion-LaVista High School in Omaha, Neb. from 1995-2001. He also served as the head coach for the Nebraska Olympic Development Program for under-13 boys from 2000-01.
No stranger to coaching at youth levels, Roh served as head coach of the Eden Prairie Fusion girls soccer team (2009-12). He led the team to the 2010 and 2012 Minnesota State Cup championships during their U-14 and U-16 years, respectively. Furthermore, he served on the Region 2 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Coaching Staff from 2005 to 2010.
Roh earned a bachelor's of science degree in secondary education from Kansas State University in 1995 and was a three-year starter for the Wildcats. Roh completed work on a master of business administration degree at Western Carolina in May 2004.
Roh has a USSF "A" Coaching License, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.