Roof takes assistant job at Louisville
Central grad moves on after ouster as Duke head coach

By Will Hammock

Sports Editor


His stint as Duke's head football coach over, Ted Roof will continue his coaching career as the linebackers coach at Louisville, the school announced on Thursday.

Roof, a Central Gwinnett grad, was let go after four-plus seasons as head of the Duke program following the 2007 season. His job search lasted slightly more than a month before being hired by Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe. Louisville also announced the hiring of Ron English, previously defensive coordinator at Michigan, for the same position with the Cardinals. He'll work with Roof, who was a defensive coordinator for three seasons at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, as well as for the 2001-03 seasons at Duke.

The 42-year-old Roof was Duke's interim head coach for the final five games of 2003, guiding the team to wins over Georgia Tech and North Carolina. But the Blue Devils struggled to a 6-45 record during his tenure.

"Ted is a tremendous football coach who brings a great level of experience to our staff," Kragthorpe said in a press release on the hirings. "He was a great linebacker as a player and has excelled as a linebacker coach, a defensive coordinator and head coach."

Roof, a member of Georgia Tech's Athletics Hall of Fame, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Alabama. He then coached at West Georgia, Duke, Massachusetts and Western Carolina before coming back to Tech in 1998.

His defenses were strong with the Yellow Jackets, including his last defense in 2001 that ranked third in the ACC and 32nd nationally in total defense. He was nominated for the Broyles Award in 2000 as the nation's top assistant coach.