Paul Roach (American football)

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Paul Roach
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1927-10-24) October 24, 1927 (age 89)
Alma mater Black Hills State
Playing career
c. 1950 Black Hills State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1952–1953 Hettinger HS (ND)
1954–1956 Dickinson HS (ND) (OB)
1957–1961 North Dakota State (backfield)
1962–1970 Wyoming (OB)
1971 Wisconsin (assistant)
1972–1974 Oakland Raiders (OB)
1975–1976 Green Bay Packers (OC)
1977–1980 Denver Broncos (OB)
1987–1990 Wyoming
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1986–1996 Wyoming
Head coaching record
Overall 35–15 (college)
Bowls 0–3
Accomplishments and honors
2 WAC (1987–1988)
2× WAC Coach of the Year (1987–1988)

Paul Roach (born October 24, 1927) is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 1987 to 1990. While there, he compiled a 35–15 record, had a .700 winning percentage, highest in school history,[1] and two seasons of ten or more wins (1987–1988). During that time he also served as the school's athletic director, and won two Western Athletic Conference championships. In both those years, he won WAC Coach of the Year honors, and was a two-time finalist for National Coach of the Year.

Roach also worked as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL) with the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and Oakland Raiders. He graduated from Black Hills Teacher's College (now Black Hills State University) in 1952.

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Paul Roach who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1980)
1987 Wyoming 10–3 8–0 1st L Holiday
1988 Wyoming 11–2 8–0 1st L Holiday 20
1989 Wyoming 5–6 5–3 4th
1990 Wyoming 9–4 5–3 4th L Copper
Wyoming: 35–15 4–4
Total: 26–8
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