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Oct. 23, 2002
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OSWEGO -- George Roll has been appointed interim athletic director at SUNY Oswego, Dean of Students James Scharfenberger announced. Roll leads an athletic management team that includes three interim assistants.
Roll is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Laker ice hockey program. He will oversee the daily operations of Oswego's athletic program for the remainder of 2002-03. A national search for an athletic director will begin in the spring semester, Scharfenberger said, with the goal of having the position filled before mid-summer.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead," Roll said. "I feel we have a very strong staff here at Oswego State, and together with the help of each other we can reach the vision the university has for athletics."
Kevin Broderick, Jean Conway and Dani Drews are now interim assistant athletic directors. Broderick, who is also Oswego's men's basketball coach, will handle compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations and monitor athletes' eligibility, Scharfenberger said. Drews, who is also the women's volleyball coach, will have increased responsibilities for team management and team travel, he said, while Conway, who is the athletes' academic adviser, will develop a plan to increase the promotion of athletics on campus.
"George Roll possesses the educational background and coaching experience which makes him an ideal point person for the department as a search for an athletic director gets under way," Scharfenberger said.
Roll earned his bachelor's degree in communications and master's degree in athletic administration from Bowling Green State University, where he played four years of varsity ice hockey for the Falcons. As a junior, Roll made significant contributions to the 1983-84 Bowling Green NCAA Division I championship team. He served as the Falcons' captain during the 1984-85 season.
His teams at Oswego have qualified for post-season play in each of his six seasons, including a berth in the NCAA Division III championships in 1998. He has compiled a career record of 94-67-15. He previously served as the top assistant coach at Clarkson University.
Roll is a native of Blue Island, Ill.
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