George Roll

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George Roll
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Nazareth College
Biographical details
Born 10-9-1962
Blue Island, Illinois
Playing career
1981–1985 Bowling Green
Position(s) Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1996 Clarkson (assistant)
1997-2003 Oswego State
2003-2011 Clarkson
2012-Present Nazareth College
Head coaching record
Overall 250–239–50
Accomplishments and honors
SUNYAC Regular Season Championship (2003)
SUNYAC Tournament Championship (2003)
ECAC Regular Season Championship (2008)
ECAC Tournament Championship (2007)

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

The first few years with the Golden Knights were rocky as Clarkson couldn't manage a winning record until the third year, 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.[6] 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.[7] As of 2014 he is still in that position.

Coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oswego State (SUNYAC) (1996-97–2002-03)
1996-97 Oswego State 13-12-2 9-6-1
1997-98 Oswego State 17-13-2 12-5-1 NCAA Tournament
1998-99 Oswego State 15-13-3 12-5-3
1999-00 Oswego State 15-11-3 6-6-2
2000-01 Oswego State 17-9-1 10-4-0
2001-02 Oswego State 17-9-4 10-3-1
2002-03 Oswego State 23-6-1 10-3-1 1st NCAA Runner-up
Oswego State: 117-73-16 69-32-9
Clarkson (ECAC Hockey) (2003-04–2010-11)
2003-04 Clarkson 18-18-5 8-12-2 9th ECAC Runner-Up
2004-05 Clarkson 13-23-3 7-13-2 9th ECAC Quarterfinals
2005-06 Clarkson 18-17-3 9-11-2 8th ECAC Quarterfinals
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
Clarkson: 130-142-33 73-81-21
Nazareth (ECAC West) (2012-13–present)
2012-13 Nazareth College 6-19-1 1-14-0 6th
2013-14 Nazareth College 8-16-2 4-9-2 6th
Nazareth College: 14-35-3 5-23-2
Total: 250-239-50

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Clarkson Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ "George Roll". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Oswego Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Postcard: Meet George Roll". Inside College Hockey. 2003-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Morris fired as Clarkson head coach". Inside College Hockey. 2002-11-15. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  6. ^ "Clarkson coach Roll relieved of duties". 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Nazareth names George Roll". Nazareth Athletics. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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