Mike Roof Named Air Academy Football Coach
Kadets have new football coach
Mike Roof was recently named as Air Academy High School head football coach starting the 2013?14 season. Roof returns to Air Academy after leaving in 1998 to open Pine Creek High School as the athletic director.
Roof has a notable career as a head football coach. He has coached for 31 years in such schools as Marysville and Piedmont High Schools in California as well as at Air Academy from 1982?98. He finished his head coaching career at Pine Creek High School in 2005. During those years, Roof won seven league championships and during 10 seasons, his teams were in the state playoffs. Roof was also a physical
education and health teacher for 28 years and served as an athletic director for 13 years. Roof has received numerous coaching honors. In 1984 and 1987, he was named the Will Rogers League Coach of the Year; 1989 and 1994 Colorado Springs Metro League 4A Coach of the Year; 2000 Denver Broncos Coach of the Week; 2003 Pikes Peak League Coach of the Year as well as The Gazette All?Area Football Coach of the Year. Along with coaching honors, Roof was inducted into the Yuba Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and in the Colusa County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Roof has been the assistant boys basketball coach for Air Academy as well as served as an assistant coach in the Kadet football program for the past five years.
Roof’s thoughts on the upcoming Kadet season reflect his longstanding history with the team. “It’s back to the future. I was fortunate to see the program under the guidance of Gary Barnett (former Northwestern and CU head football coach) in the 1970s and early 80s. The program will be going in a whole new direction from day one. I know I have to earn the trust and respect from the players and parents at the
onset.” Roof shared his coaching philosophy. “But make no bones about it I am here to develop the whole child. It is not just about football; instead that is just a small component of that process.”