Jan. 6, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Ted Roof, the defensive coordinator at Minnesota this past season, has been named defensive coordinator at Auburn, announced head coach Gene Chizik on Tuesday.
A 22-year coaching veteran, Roof previously coached at Duke for six seasons, four as the head coach and two as the defensive coordinator. He served as the interim head coach at Duke for five games at the conclusion of the 2003 season before being named head coach in December of 2003.
From 1998-2001, Roof coached at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, where he was nominated in 2000 for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. During Roof's coaching stint at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets posted a four-year record of 35-14, tied for the 1998 ACC Championship and played in four bowl games.
"I'm very excited to be a part of the Auburn football family and work for an individual in Coach Chizik that has had a tremendous amount of success," Roof said. "There have been a lot of great players and coaches come through Auburn and I'm excited to become a part of the rich and storied tradition of Auburn University and its football program."
Under Roof's leadership, the Minnesota defense made tremendous strides during the 2008 season. Roof inherited a defense that had ranked last nationally (119th) in total defense (518.7), 115th (289.3) in pass defense, 114th (229.3) in rushing defense and 109th (36.7) in scoring defense in 2007. In just one season, his squad improved to 61st (24.8) in scoring defense, 69th (143.3) in rushing defense, 79th (383.6) in total defense and 93rd (240.3) in pass defense.
His team also improved from 116th (.92) to tied for 24th (2.54) in sacks and from 103rd (5.17) to 25th (6.69) in tackles for loss while improving its record from 1-11 to 7-6 and an appearance in the Insight Bowl. The Golden Gopher defense also created 31 turnovers, second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally.
"Ted has a wealth of experience and success as a defensive coach, and philosophically, we think alike," Chizik said. "He is a high-energy individual who is involved in every aspect of the defense. Ted took a Minnesota defense and made dramatic improvements in his one year as defensive coordinator. It was a defense that was very physical and aggressive, and created a lot of turnovers. Being from Georgia, Ted has spent a great deal of his career coaching in the South and is very familiar with this league."
In his first year at Duke in 2002, Roof directed the Blue Devil defense to marked improvements from the previous season. From 2001 to 2002, the Blue Devils moved from ninth to fifth in the ACC and from 113th to 58th nationally in total defense.
After finishing ninth in the ACC against the run prior to his arrival, Duke led the league in rushing defense a year later by allowing just 120.5 yards per game on the ground. In 2003, the Blue Devils jumped from ninth in passing defense in the ACC to a third-place standing.
While at Georgia Tech, Roof coached the linebackers in 1998 before being elevated to defensive coordinator prior to the 1999 season. In 1998, the Yellow Jackets went 10-2, shared the ACC title with Florida State and upended Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.
The 1999 Tech team went 8-4 and finished the year ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll. In 2000, the Yellow Jacket defense ranked 12th in the nation in rushing defense and 20th in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game, as Georgia Tech posted a 9-3 record and was ranked 17th in the final national poll.
In 2001 under Roof, the Yellow Jackets were again one of the top defenses in the nation, ranking 23rd nationally in total defense and 32nd in rushing defense.
Roof, 45, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Alabama from 1987-88 before serving as the linebackers coach at West Georgia in 1989. He then spent four seasons as the outside linebackers coach at Duke. His recruiting efforts during his first stint at Duke helped lay the foundation for the Blue Devils' 8-4 mark and Hall of Fame Bowl berth in 1994.
Roof was on the staff at Massachusetts for three seasons (1994-96) and then served one season as defensive coordinator at Western Carolina (1997) before moving on to Georgia Tech.
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., and a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School, Roof lettered four times for the Jackets during the 1982-85 seasons. He started his final three seasons and was a leader of the Rambling Wreck's famed "Black Watch" defense as a senior, when he served as team captain while Georgia Tech went 9-2-1 and defeated Michigan State in the All-American Bowl.
A first team All-ACC selection in 1985, Roof ranks seventh on the Jackets' all-time tackling list with 417. Named the Defensive Back of the Year in 1985 by the Atlanta Touchdown Club, Roof continues to hold the second-highest single-game tackle total in Georgia Tech history with a 25-stop effort against Tennessee.
Roof, who was enshrined into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998, earned a bachelor's degree in Management in 1987. Roof is married to the former Pam Ash of Fayetteville, Ga., and the couple has twin boys, Terrence Davis and Michael Edwin.