July 23, 2001
David Roach, the Director of Athletics at Brown University, has been named the President of the I-AA Athletic Directors Association. He was elected at the association's annual June meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The purpose of the I-AA Athletic Director's Association is to explore mutual problems and opportunities encountered by college and universities that participate in NCAA division I-AA football, to facilitate the administration of college athletics, and to promote and elevate the standards of athletic administration.
Since becoming the 13th Athletic Director in Brown University history in June, 1990, Roach has revitalized the Brown athletic program, overseeing the resurgence of its athletic teams while balancing the budget and launching an ambitious marketing, promotional and community involvement campaign.
A native of Waterbury, Conn., Roach is a member of the NCAA Championship Competition Cabinet, which oversees all NCAA Championships. At Brown, Roach oversees the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, having the responsibility for hiring and supervising more than 100 athletic department employees, including coaches of 37 varsity and several club sports teams that feature over 1,000 of the nation's finest student-athletes.
During Roach's tenure as athletic director, Brown teams have captured 53 Ivy League or Eastern Championships, made 28 NCAA Tournament appearances and won six National Championships, including Brown's first two NCAA Championships.
Under Roach's leadership, the Brown athletic department has "adopted" the Fox Point Elementary School. An adoption ceremony took place in October, 1991 at the Fox Point School (now the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School) on Wickenden Street, bringing together Fox Point's 450 students with Brown University athletes and coaches.
Roach created Brown's first Student-Athletic Advisory Board, and implemented a Sports Marketing and Promotions program that includes a new athletic logo and Corporate Sponsorship program.