George Roll is an American ice hockey coach. He was the head coach of the Clarkson Golden Knights from 2003 thru the end of the 2010-11 season, leading them to their most recent conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance. Roll began his coaching career shortly after finishing his college career at Bowling Green where he was part of the 1984 National Championship team, becoming a graduate assistant for his alma mater before joining first-year coach Mark Morris's staff at Clarkson. Roll remained as an assistant for eight years, helping Morris establish Clarkson as a power in ECAC Hockey, winning two regular season titles, two tournament titles, and making the NCAA tournament six times, including a Frozen Four appearance for the first time in over 20 years.
Roll left Clarkson to become the head coach of Oswego State, a Division III program, and in each of his seven years there the Great Lakers finished with a winning record. Unfortunately, other than a tournament appearance in his second season, Oswego State didn't have much else to show for his tenure until 2002-03 when Roll pushed the Great Lakers to a 25-7-1 record, earning a regular season title, a conference championship, and were runners-up to the D-III National Title. Roll, however, decided against building on his earlier success after he was offered the top job at Clarkson, replacing his mentor Mark Morris after he was fired due to an incident in early November.
The first few years with the Golden Knights were rocky as Clarkson couldn't manage a winning record until the third year (and even then it was only by one win), but Clarkson won 25 games in 2006–07, including a conference championship and when they earned a regular season crown the following season it appeared that they had turned the corner. After that brief success, however, Clarkson declined rapidly, ending with losing records in each of the next three seasons and causing Roll termination at the end of the 2010–11 season. Roll quickly found a new job as he was announced as the first head coach for Nazareth College's new Division-III ice hockey program that was to begin in 2012-13. As of 2014 he is still in that position.
Coaching record[edit | edit source]
|Oswego State (SUNYAC) (1996-97–2002-03)|
|1997-98||Oswego State||17-13-2||12-5-1||NCAA Tournament|
|2002-03||Oswego State||23-6-1||10-3-1||1st||NCAA Runner-up|
|Clarkson (ECAC Hockey) (2003-04–2010-11)|
|2006-07||Clarkson||25-9-5||13-4-4||2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|2007-08||Clarkson||22-13-4||15-4-3||1st||NCAA East Regional Finals|
|2008-09||Clarkson||10-19-7||8-10-4||t-8th||ECAC First Round|
|2009-10||Clarkson||9-24-4||4-15-3||12th||ECAC First Round|
|2010-11||Clarkson||15-19-2||9-12-1||t-7th||ECAC First Round|
|Nazareth (ECAC West) (2012-13–present)|
Conference Regular Season Champion
Conference Tournament Champion
References[edit | edit source]
- "Clarkson Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "George Roll", eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "Oswego Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "Postcard: Meet George Roll", Inside College Hockey, 2003-03-24. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "Morris fired as Clarkson head coach", Inside College Hockey, 2002-11-15. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "Clarkson coach Roll relieved of duties", USCHO.com, 2011-04-18. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
- "Nazareth names George Roll", Nazareth Athletics, 2011-07-06. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
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- George Roll's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- George Roll's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
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