ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head coach George O'Leary announced Thursday the hiring of Ted Roof as the Knights defensive coordinator. Roof has spent the previous three seasons in the same position at Auburn, while working specifically with the linebackers as well. He also served under O'Leary at Georgia Tech from 1998-01 including as the Yellow Jackets' defensive coordinator the final three years.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to come to a great place. It's just as important to come work for a coach who I have tremendous respect for," said Roof. "He gave me my first break as a coordinator in football, and I think it says a lot about how I feel about coach (O'Leary)."
With experience coaching in nine bowl games, Roof managed an Auburn defense in 2010 which ranked ninth in the country in rushing defense, 16th in tackles for loss and 24th in sacks as the Tigers topped Oregon, 22-19, in the BCS National Championship Game. The Ducks were held to 28 points below their season average. Roof helped mentor defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who claimed the Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman.
This year, Auburn stands at 7-5 en route to earning a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia. Defensive lineman Corey Lemonier stands at 12th in the FBS with 9.5 sacks in 2011.
Prior to spending time with the Tigers, Roof was the defensive coordinator at Minnesota in 2008. The Golden Gophers' defense surrendered 135 fewer yards per game to help improve on a 1-11 record in 2007, going 7-6 in 2008.
A part of Duke's staff as outside linebackers coach from 1990-93, Roof rejoined the Blue Devils in 2002, which marked the first of six campaigns in Durham N.C. He started as the school's defensive coordinator before serving as interim head coach in 2003 and then head coach from 2004-07.
With O'Leary leading Georgia Tech as its head coach from 1995-01 (along with three games as interim head coach in 1994), Roof guided the Yellow Jackets' linebackers in 1998 before taking over as defensive coordinator from 1999-01. Nominated for the Broyles Award in 2000 as the nation's assistant coach of the year, Roof and Georgia Tech amassed a 35-14 record during that four-year stretch, highlighted by four-straight bowl trips.
Roof also has coaching experience at Western Carolina (defensive coordinator in 1997), Massachusetts (defensive line/recruiting coordinator in 1994, defensive coordinator/defensive line from 1995-96), West Georgia (linebackers in 1989) and Alabama (graduate assistant from 1987-88).
A 1987 graduate of Georgia Tech, Roof competed as a linebacker for the Yellow Jackets from 1982-85. He was a leader of the Rambling Wreck's famed "Black Watch" defense as a senior when he served as team captain of a squad that went 9-2-1. Roof ranks seventh in school history with 417 tackles, and was the Atlanta Touchdown Club's Defensive Back of the Year in 1985, along with being named to the All-ACC First Team that same season.
Enshrined into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998, Roof hails from Lawrenceville, Ga., and is married to the former Pam Ash. The couple has two twin sons, Terrence and Michael.
Ted Roof At a Glance
2009-11 - Auburn - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2008 - Minnesota - Defensive Coordinator
2002-07 - Duke - Defensive Coordinator (2002-03), Interim Head Coach (2003), Head Coach (2004-07)
1998-01 - Georgia Tech - Linebackers (1998), Defensive Coordinator (1999-01)
1997 - Western Carolina - Defensive Coordinator
1994-96 - Massachusetts - Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator (1994), Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line (1995-96)
1990-93 - Duke - Outside Linebackers
1989 - West Georgia - Linebackers
1987-88 - Alabama - Graduate Assistant
Hometown - Lawrenceville, Ga.
Wife - former Pam Ash
Children- twin sons: Terrence, Michael, 13
College - Georgia Tech (B.S., 1987)
Playing Experience - Georgia Tech - linebacker from 1982-85