AD a key player in Zags’ success story
Roth’s major victories include keeping Few, improving facilities.
You might say Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth has tunnel vision.
Roth, co-architect of the team that is making its first Final Four appearance this weekend, is too nervous to watch the Bulldogs play from a seat. Years ago, he started standing in the tunnels leading into basketball arenas, where he could pace and mutter as the Bulldogs played.
“I get nervous energy around games,” Roth said this week. “It gives me the ability to work off that nervous energy.”
You can expect to find Roth standing in a tunnel when Gonzaga plays South Carolina on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona, with the winner advancing to the title game.
“Why mess with something that’s working?” Roth said.
Mike Roth, an ex-Gonzaga JV player, returned as a low-level administrator and was named athletic director in 1998.