American Football Database
Ted Roof
File:Ted Roof 2013.jpg
Roof in 2013
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamGeorgia Tech
Biographical details
Born (1963-12-11) December 11, 1963 (age 58)
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Playing career
1982–1985Georgia Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Alabama (GA)
West Georgia (LB)
Duke (LB)
Massachusetts (LB)
Western Carolina (DC)
Georgia Tech (LB)
Georgia Tech (DC)
Duke (DC)
Minnesota (DC)
Auburn (DC/LB)
Penn State (DC)
Georgia Tech(DC)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Terrence Edwin Roof, Jr. (born December 11, 1963) is an American football coach and former player. Currently, he is the defensive coordinator at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Roof served as the head coach at Duke University from 2003 to 2007, compiling a 6–45 record.[1] 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.

Early life and family

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 who now attend Mount Nittany Middle School.

Playing career

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 career

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, due to Roof being hired, Roof left to serve as an assistant coach at the 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 mid-way 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,[2] 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.[3][4]

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,[5] it was reported on February 21, 2008 that Roof would succeed Everett Withers as the defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota.[6] Under just one season of Roof's tutelage, the Gophers made tremendous improvements to give up 160 yards 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[7] and tackles for loss[8] after being ranked 103rd[9] and 116th[10] 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.[5] His salary at Auburn will be $370,000. While at Auburn, Roof has coached in two bowl games, with wins in both the 2010 Outback Bowl and the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

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

On December 8, 2011, Roof accepted the defensive coordinator position at the University of Central Florida.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

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,[14] 16th in scoring defense,[15] 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.[16]

Head coaching record

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


  1. Drew, Jeff (2007-11-26). "Duke ends Roof's run as football coach". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  2. "Duke Yearly Results (2003-2007)". 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  3. "2006 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
  4. "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ted Roof bolts to Minnesota". Sportsblogs, Inc.. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.[dead link]
  6. "U hires new defensive coordinator". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  7. "2008 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  8. "2008 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  9. "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  10. "2007 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Tackles for Loss". NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  11. Goldberg, Charles. "Defensive coordinator Ted Roof leaves Auburn for Central Florida". Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  12. Erickson, Joel. "Auburn football: Defensive coordinator Ted Roof reportedly leaving Tigers for same job at Central Florida". Columbus Ledger Enquirer. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  13. Goldberg, Charles. "Auburn's Gene Chizik wishes Roof well". Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  14. "2012 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Sacks". NCAA. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  15. "2012 Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Rankings - Scoring Defense". NCAA. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  16. "Ted Roof Returning To Georgia Tech As Defensive Coordinator". Retrieved 2013-01-11.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Rhoads
Auburn University Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Brian VanGorder