Under Roth’s leadership, the Bulldog athletic programs continue to thrive with unprecedented success on and off the court in terms of NCAA appearances, all-conference performers, departmental GPA, NCAA Academic Progress Rate, and Graduation Success Rate. Roth has also led the department in numerous facility upgrades.
Most notably, the men’s basketball team has flourished into one of the nation’s elite programs. The Bulldogs added a Final Four and trip to the 2017 national championship game in addition to 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances since bursting onto the scene with an Elite Eight appearance in 1999. Following the departure of then-head coach Dan Monson after the monumental NCAA run, Roth elevated assistant coach Mark Few to head coach for the 1999-2000 season. Since, Few has become the winningest active coach by percentage in the nation. In 2017, Few led the Zags to the title game with a school-record 37-2 mark, making three straight seasons with an appearance in at least the Sweet 16. All-told, the Zags have reached the Sweet Sixteen eight times, earned a Top 10 final national ranking seven times, and won 15 West Coast Conference Tournaments and 18 WCC regular-season titles, along with producing 22 All-Americans during the 19-year NCAA streak.
In women’s basketball, the success has been impressive as well, beginning with Roth’s hiring of Kelly Graves in 2000. Graves led the program to 10 straight WCC regular season titles, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight in 2011. In April 2014, Roth hired Lisa Fortier to lead program, and in her first season, she earned national honors as the WBCA Spalding Mag-gie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year, won the WCC regular season title and led the Zags to the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed. Fortier added another WCC regular season title and NCAA appearance in 2017.
The men’s soccer team was the WCC Co- Champions in 2000, and earned its first ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2001, before making a return trip in 2007. The women’s soccer squad made its inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005. In women’s rowing, GU has won 16 of 21 WCC Championships, including nine straight from 1997-2005. They captured the WCC’s inaugural automatic berth into the NCAA Championship in 2013 and made return trips in 2015, 2016 and 2017 after winning WCC titles. The baseball team made its first NCAA appearance in 28 years after winning its inaugural WCC conference title in 2009 before adding league titles in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, the squad earned the school’s first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Baseball Championships. Recently, the women’s golf team achieved its highest-ever national ranking at No. 21, made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional from 2013-15 and had back-to-back individual berths to the NCAA Championships. The women’s cross country team also won a WCC title in 2016, and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships.
In the classroom, the Bulldogs have averaged a 3.0 GPA or higher in 38 straight semesters dating back to the fall of 1998. In 2016-17, Gonzaga earned the second-highest percentage of teams to receive the NCAA Public Recognition award and ranked second in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate program (APR) with a score of 997. Last year, Gonzaga earned a combined score of 998, which tied Dartmouth for the best in the nation. During Roth’s tenure, more than 3,000 student-athletes have been named to the President’s List (3.7 GPA or higher) or Dean’s List (3.5-3.69 GPA) with a record 158 in 2016-17. On the national scale, 15 student-athletes have garnered Academic All-America accolades, including men’s basketball player Nigel Williams-Goss, who was also a First Team All-American athletically.
Roth has also overseen the upgrades of multiple facilities during his tenure. In 2003, Gonzaga added the Kermit Rudolf Fitness Center for Gonzaga students, faculty and staff, and then in 2004, GU opened the McCarthey Athletic Center, a 6,000-seat basketball arena which is the home for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. 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. In 2007, Roth and Gonzaga added Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field followed by the Gonzaga Soccer Field, the Diedrick/DeLong Athletic Training Center and an academic lab in 2008. The soccer field was dedicated as Luger Field in the summer of 2014, and most recently added lights in 2016. Roth and GU opened The Stevens Center in 2014, which is a state-of-the-art indoor tennis and golf facility that features six tennis courts and an expansive golf practice facility with four simulators. Next up for Gonzaga Athletics is the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement, which broke ground in September 2016 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017. The Volkar Center is a 51,240-square-foot facility that will house student-athlete support services, a weight room, nutrition center, basketball practice court, Gonzaga Athletics Hall of Fame, and multiple meeting areas.
A native of Moses Lake, Washington, Mike and his wife Linda have two sons. Brad (1989) and wife Ashley (Sylvester) are both 2011 Gonzaga graduates. Matt (1991) played basketball at Whitworth University in Spokane and is a 2014 graduate.
07/17/2017 - DuBois Receives Silver Medal at Maccabiah Games
07/12/2017 - Zags Receive NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
07/10/2017 - Hachimura and Tillie Shine at U-19 World Cup
07/06/2017 - Baseball Adds to 2018 Roster
07/05/2017 - Ciera Min Selected WGCA All-American Scholar
07/01/2017 - Mathews on Pelicans Summer League Roster
06/29/2017 - Zags' Assistant Coach Victoria Fallgren Takes Washington Mid-Am
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