Roh brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to Crimson Tide
Jerrod Roh enters his first season with the Alabama soccer program in 2014. His coaching duties include working primarily with goalkeepers and defensive strategies, as well as recruiting and opponent scouting, among other things.
"I am honored, humbled and grateful that Coach (Todd) Bramble reached out to me to be a part of his coaching staff at the University of Alabama," Roh said. "I will give Todd, Erwin and the Crimson Tide student-athletes everything I have. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the SEC. We have an incredible combination of great academics, a terrific team culture, awesome facilities and unparalleled resources. I am thrilled to be here to help build these young women into champions on and off the field."
Roh is familiar among the SEC coaching circle, 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 (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.
In fact, Roh has spent time at three different Division I schools in his career, helping each to a conference championship during his tenure. It is a fact that cannot be overlooked, according to Alabama head coach Todd Bramble.
"I have known Jerrod personally for over a decade and there is a lot of trust that comes with that," Bramble said. "His personality, professionalism and values will all fit in nicely with our culture here. I have no doubt that the players are going to enjoy working with him and it can't be ignored that everywhere he has been recently, he has won - including an SEC tournament title."
Following his stint at Kentucky, Roh spent five seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he also had 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.
Roh comes to Alabama after spending two seasons at Hamline (Minn.) University. 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 coached four All-Americans, 17 All-Region, 28 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 "B" Coaching License, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.