2016 AMCC Coach of the Year
Tom Roof is entering his fourth season as the head volleyball coach at Pitt-Bradford. He had previously served as the assistant coach for six seasons.
Bringing in a talented, young team in 2017, the Panthers repeated as AMCC Regular Season Champions, sharing the crown with eventual champion Penn State-Altoona.
At 7-2 in conference play, the Panthers earned the No. 2 overall seed in the AMCC Tournament and received a bye to the semifinals.
Roof helped coach freshman Emily Cleveland to the AMCC Newcomer of the Year award, while senior Erin Fagan, junior Payton Orzech and freshmen Riley Anderson and Laura Hildebrand also earned All-Conference honors. The five Panther players honored to the 2017 All-AMCC teams were the program's most since six were honored in 2010.
The team also got it done in the classroom, earning the 2018 AMCC Women's Volleyball Team Peak Performer award for having the highest cumulative grade point average in the conference for their respective sport.
He saw an extraordinary amount of success during his second season.
The Panthers picked up a program-record 25 victories, including an undefeated mark in AMCC action and the team's second-ever conference title and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
For his efforts, Roof was named the 2016 AMCC Coach of the Year.
Roof also coached the conference's Player of the Year Kirsten Platz, while also guiding Christina Rauh, Mandy Finch and Rose Thacker to All-AMCC honors as well. Pitt-Bradford dominated the conference's All-Conference teams, earning the most selections of any other program in 2016.
In his first season at the helm, Roof led the Panthers to an 11-16 season record and narrowly missed the AMCC playoffs. A relatively young squad, Pitt-Bradford showed promise late in the season by winning seven of its final 11 matches. Freshman middle hitter Kirsten Platz was named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year after ranking among the league's best in kills per set, blocks per set and hitting percentage.
In six seasons as an assistant, Roof helped direct the Panthers to 87 victories, an AMCC championship, an NCAA tournament berth and six AMCC postseason appearances.
In 2010, Pitt-Bradford put together the best season in school history. The Panthers won a school-record 22 straight matches and captured both the AMCC regular season and postseason championships. The team advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in program history.
Roof helped guide the Panthers back to the AMCC championship match in 2011 with a team primarily comprised of underclassmen. The Panthers went 9-4 over their final 13 matches and won eight straight matches against AMCC opponents to finish second in the conference.
Roof joined Pitt-Bradford in the fall of 2009 after leading Salamanca High School to the 2008 New York Class C state championship in his only season with the Warriors. It was the first undefeated season in school history and the only state title. Salamanca captured the CCAA Division II, Section 6 and Far West Regional championships as well.
Roof founded the Keystone-Empire Volleyball Association (KEVA) Junior Olympic girls' volleyball club and served as director and coach for 13 years. The program grew to become one of the most successful and largest Junior Olympic clubs in the Northcentral /Northwest Pa. and Southwestern NY area. He coached 10 teams to medals at the East Coast championships. He also served as an assistant coach at Olean High School for four years.
Roof formerly worked as a sports writer at the Olean Times Herald and lives in Olean, N.Y., with his wife Marlene. They have two daughters, Johnese and Sarah.