Gonzaga University Athletic Director Mike Roth has announced he will retire effective Aug. 31st per a press release issued by the university. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the McCarthy Athletic Center.

“I have been blessed to be able to serve Gonzaga as the AD for all these years,” Roth said. “I am beyond grateful to everyone that has been a part of my experience here at Gonzaga, there’s far too many to thank and name at this time. I do want to single out Dr. Thayne McCulloh and thank him for all his support and making this all possible.”

Roth served 24 years as the director of athletics at GU and was awarded the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2008-09 and again in 2018-19. He was also an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team in 1982-83, and after pursuing coaching opportunities elsewhere, was named the assistant athletic director in 1987. In September of 1998, Roth was named the director of athletics.

Under his leadership, GU athletics has undergone a complete transformation over the last two decades. Roth has overseen the construction of many on-campus athletic facilities, including the Kermit Rudolf Fitness Center, the McCarthy Athletic Center, Luger Field and Patterson Baseball Complex. More recently, the university has built the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement and the Johnson Family Boathouse. 

“It has been an incredible blessing and rewarding 24 years of having Mike Roth as our Director of Athletics,” GU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Few said.

Across all sports, the Bulldogs have appeared in 73 NCAA tournaments or championships and 31 student athletes have been named All-Americans during Roth’s tenure.

“Mike Roth stands in a category all alone as an Athletic Director,” GU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Lisa Fortier said.

Cole Forsman is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @CGForsman 

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