Aug. 8, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama soccer head coach Todd Bramble has announced Jerrod Roh as assistant coach for the Crimson Tide. Roh replaces former assistant coach Jason Lowe, who left to become an assistant at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in June.
"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.
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.
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 has a USSF "B" Coaching License, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
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