Mike Roth enters his 18th year as Gonzaga University's athletic director. Under his leadership, the Bulldog athletic programs continue to flourish.
After taking over as acting athletic director in July 1997 and 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 17 straight NCAA Tournament appearances dating back to 1999 when they captured the hearts of a nation with their Elite Eight run. In 2015, the Zags made a return trip to the Elite Eight under head coach Mark Few. Over the 17 years, the Zags have also reached the Sweet Sixteen six times and earned a Top 10 final national ranking six times. Also during Roth's tenure the men's basketball team has won 13 West Coast Conference Tournament titles and won 16 WCC regular-season titles. The Bulldogs have also produced 19 All-Americans.
In April 2014, Roth hired Lisa Fortier to lead the women's basketball program. In her first season, she earned NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year honors and led the Zags to the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed. The women's basketball team has made the post-season in 11 of the past 12 seasons with eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including four trips to the Sweet 16 and one to the Elite Eight in 2011. 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.
The men's soccer team was the WCC Co-Champions in 2000, and then earned its first 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. The women's rowing team has become a powerhouse, winning 13 of 17 WCC Championships, including nine-straight from 1997-2005. They captured the WCC's inaugural automatic berth into the NCAA Championship in 2013. 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. Most recently, the women's golf team achieved its highest-ever national ranking at No. 21 and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regional in 2013 and 2014.
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 35 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 four-year reporting period, and eight sports received perfect scores for the 2008-09 reporting period. The 2009-10 reporting period saw 10 sports receive perfect scores. In May 2012, all 13 of Gonzaga's sports which fall under NCAA scrutiny (men's rowing is not a NCAA Championship sport) were above the national APR multi-year average. In 2013, six sports received Public Recognition Awards and all 17 sports were again above the national APR multi-year average of 974. In 2014, six Gonzaga sports earned perfect 1,000 scores in the APR and Gonzaga's overall multi-year average of 994 ranked No. 1 in the WCC.
During his tenure, more than 1,500 student-athletes have been named to the President's List (3.7 GPA or higher), while more than 1,300 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.
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. 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. The home to Bulldog baseball is an advanced lighted facility that incorporates an old-time baseball feel. In the summer of 2008, Roth and Gonzaga added the Gonzaga Soccer Field, the Diedrick/DeLong Athletic Training Center and a new Academic Lab. The soccer field was dedicated as Luger Field in the summer of 2014. Most recently, Roth and GU opened The Stevens Center, a state-of-the-art indoor tennis and golf facility.
A native of Moses Lake, Washington, Mike and his wife Linda have two sons. Brad (1989) and wife Ashley (Sylvester) are both 2011 Gonzaga undergraduates. Matt (1991) played basketball at Whitworth University in Spokane and is a 2014 graduate.
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