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Mike Roth
Position: Athletic Director
Hometown: Moses Lake, Washington
Alma Mater: Willamette University
Graduating Year: 1979
Major: Sociology
Phone: 509-313-3519
Email: roth@athletics.gonzaga.edu

      Mike Roth enters his 15th year as Gonzaga University's athletic director and under his leadership the Bulldogs athletic programs continue to flourish.

      After taking over as acting athletic director in July, 1997, and being named athletic director in September of 1998, the men's basketball team has flourished into one of the nation's elite programs. The Bulldogs have made 13 straight NCAA Tournament appearances dating back to 1999 when they captured the hearts of a nation with their Elite Eight run. Over the 13 years, the Zags have also reached the Sweet Sixteen four times (2000, 2001, 2006, and 2009) and earned a Top 10 final national ranking four times; 2002 - No. 6, 2004 - No. 3, 2005 - No. 10 and 2006 - No. 5. Also during Roth's tenure the men's basketball team has won 10 West Coast Conference Tournament titles and had five All-America nods.

      The women's basketball team has made the post-season in six of the last eight years, including 2011 when the Bulldogs won the hearts of America with their improbable run to the NCAA Elite Eight with two wins in the McCarthey Athletic Center in the First and Second Rounds, and then a Sweet 16 victory in the downtown Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The 2010 season was also a magical one as the Zags made their maiden voyage into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga won a seventh straight WCC regular-season title in 2011, and captured their fourth WCC Tournament title since 2007. Gonzaga made its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007, and two years later posted its inaugural NCAA Tournament victory. The Zags have also appeared in three WNIT Tournaments (2004, 2005, 2008).

      The men's soccer team was the WCC Co-Champions in 2000, earned its first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2001 and again in 2007. The women's soccer squad made its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 after earning its first national ranking that season. The Bulldogs were ranked 19th in Soccer America and 22nd in Soccer Buzz. The women's rowing team has become a powerhouse, winning 12 of 15 WCC Championships, including nine-straight from 1997-2005. Baseball also made a splash in the national scene, making its first NCAA appearance in 28 years after winning its inaugural WCC conference series title in 2009. The Zags closed out the season ranked 22nd by Baseball America. The Bulldogs went to the final pitch of the 2011 season before being eliminated from the WCC regular-season title chase, finishing second by one game.

      The Gonzaga athletic program also has had extreme success in the classroom during Roth's tenure. The Bulldogs have averaged a 3.0 GPA or higher in 26-straight semesters dating to the fall of 1998. Gonzaga had eight teams earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards as the NCAA recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams in May, 2010, for exceptional work in the classroom as part of the NCAA's Academic Performance Program (APR). Five Gonzaga sports achieved a perfect score of 1,000 for the 4-year reporting period, and eight sports received perfect scores for the 2008-09 reporting period. During his tenure, 1,357 student-athletes have been named to the President's List (3.7 GPA or higher), while 1,128 student-athletes have been named to the Dean's List (3.5-3.69 GPA).

      In addition, more than 200 student-athletes have earned WCC All-Academic recognition. The Bulldogs are also first in total number of student-athletes named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll since its inception in 2004. 

      On the national scale, 10 student-athletes have garnered ESPN Academic All-America accolades, including three-time honoree George Josten (2005, 2006, 2007 - men's soccer), and two-time honorees Blake Stepp (2003, 2004 - men's basketball) and Jared Hertz (2000, 2001 - baseball).

      Roth has overseen the upgrades of multiple facilities during his tenure. In 2003, Gonzaga added the Kermit Rudolf Fitness Center for Gonzaga students, faculty and staff. The state-of-the-art fitness center includes two levels, housing fitness and strength training zones. In 2004, GU opened the McCarthey Athletic Center, a 6,000 seat basketball arena which is now the home for both the Bulldog men's and women's basketball squads. The men's team continues to play before sellout crowds while the women's attendance leads the West Coast Conference and ranked 25th in the country for the 2010-11 season. In 2005, Gonzaga opened the Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Facility giving GU one of the most progressive indoor training facilities on the West Coast. The 5,225-square foot facility houses more than fifty rowing machines and three high-definition plasma televisions that are integrated into a computerized rowing program that allows student-athletes to compete with each other as a team. In 2007, Roth and Gonzaga added Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The home to Bulldog baseball is an advanced lighted facility that incorporates an old-time baseball feel. The new stadium includes 1,300 theater-style seats and classic brick detailing. Finally, in the summer of 2008, Roth and Gonzaga added the Gonzaga Soccer Field, the Diedrick/DeLong Athletic Training Center and a new Academic Lab. 

      Up next for Roth and Gonzaga is completion of the next phases of the Gonzaga Soccer Field, a new indoor tennis/golf facility and a new Hall of Fame Building which will also house academic support services.

      Roth's ties to Gonzaga extend far beyond his time as Athletic Director. He was an assistant men's basketball coach under Jay Hillock in 1982-83, then returned in September, 1986, as a physical education instructor. In January, 1987, he joined the athletic department as assistant athletic director/Martin Centre Director. In that span his responsibilities expanded to include direct administration for 10 of Gonzaga's 14 sports programs. In 1991 he was designated the university's compliance officer to the NCAA, overseeing all matters pertaining to student-athletic eligibility at the institutional and NCAA level.

      Roth was recognized 2009 Under Amour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Spokane Sports Association (GSSA), worked the 1990 Goodwill Games as the weightlifting coordinator and was Sports Director for the 1989 Washington State Centennial Games. He chaired the GSSA/ Sportswriters and Broadcasters Sports Awards Banquet, and was banquet co-chair for two years.

      A native of Moses Lake, Wash., Roth played basketball at Big Bend Community College, and finished his collegiate career at Willamette University where he graduated with a B.S. in sociology in 1979. He received his master's in athletic administration and physical education from Gonzaga in 1983. His coaching career also included stints as an assistant men's basketball coach at Big Bend CC and Spokane CC. He was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Moses Lake High School Hall of Fame in 2011.

      Roth and his wife Linda have two sons, Brad (1989), a 2011 Gonzaga graduate, and Matt (1991), a current basketball player at Whitworth College.

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