Dr. J Phillip Roach

Roach - Head Shot copy.jpg

Dr. J. Phillip Roach, the director of physical education and athletics at Rollins College for the past 14 years has been involved with collegiate athletics for more than 30 years. A former coach with an illustrious list of accomplishments and honors, Mr. Roach began his collegiate career as the assistant basketball and soccer coach in 1965 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Over the next five years, Mr. Roach expanded his coaching credentials, serving as head soccer and lacrosse coach as well as assistant basketball coach at Wittenburg University (1966-67); and the head soccer and assistant basketball coach at Ohio University (1967-70). As a coach, Mr. Roach was named basketball coach of the year by the NABC and Ohio Athletic Conference in 1975 and owns the most career wins for both soccer and basketball at Marietta College. In 1988 the NABC awarded Mr. Roach its Merit Award for Coaching.

Mr. Roach’s administrative career began with his tenure as athletics director and head basketball coach at Marietta College in Ohio. During his 20 years at Marietta, Mr. Roach created the first athletics handbook, established the booster club and developed the athletic hall of fame. Active in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Mr. Roach served as chairman and president of the Conference and also was president for both the soccer and basketball coaches. Among other accomplishments at Marietta included publishing his dissertation, Athletic Budgeting, serving as director for the NCAA Division III baseball championships, editing the Ohio Athletic Conference sports guidelines and earning Civitan Area Citizen of the Year honors in 1986.

In 1989, Mr. Roach was named athletic director at Guilford College in Guilford, NC where he remained for three years. At Guilford, Mr. Roach wrote the athletic staff handbook, was a major writing contributor for Managing Sports and Risk Management and served on the Greensboro Sports Commission. In 1998, Mr. Roach was named the southeast region’s Division II Athletic Director of the Year.

Mr. Roach remained at Guilford until 1992 before moving to his current position as athletic director at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Among his many accomplishments at Rollins include establishing the booster board of directors and team booster representatives, writing the staff handbook for the department of physical education & athletics and establishment of the athletics council.

Mr. Roach has been active both within the Winter Park and athletics community, serving on the Winter Park Rotary and holding leadership position within the Winter Park Methodist Church. Mr. Roach has also served on the Florida Citrus Sports board, the executive committee of the Sunshine State Conference and is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Rollins has acknowledged Mr. Roach’s many achievements by awarding him the 2004 Spirit of Rollins Award and the 2005 Alfond Award of Excellence and in the 2004 the city of Winter Park honored Mr. Roach with “Phil Roach Day.”

Mr. Roach has a B.A. in health & physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University, earned hisM.Ed. in physical education and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Ohio University.

Aslee Livingston