Tom Roof is in his second season as the head volleyball coach at Pitt-Bradford. He had previously served as the assistant coach for six seasons.
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, a 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 also works 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.