Paul Roach

Athletics Director/ Football Coach, 1987-90

Paul Roach is the only man in the history of the University of Wyoming to serve in the dual capacity of athletics director and head football coach. As UW Athletics Director from 1987 through 1996, Roach guided the department through one of its most successful eras, and his vision established the dream of the Athletics Center. As head football coach, Roach led the Cowboys to back-to-back WAC championships in 1987 and 1988, going undefeated in league play both season. He earned WAC Coach of the Year honors in both 1987 and 1988, was named Kodak Region V Coach of the Year in 1987, and was a two-time finalist for National Coach of the Year. In his four-year tenure as Wyoming’s head coach, Roach guided the Cowboys to a 35-15-0 record and led them to three bowl games–Holiday bowl in 1987 and 1988 and the Copper Bowl in 1990. In addition to his experiences as head coach, he also served as an assistant coach at Wyoming from 1962 to 1970, under Lloyd Eaton. During that era, the Pokes won three WAC titles in 1966,1967 and 1968 and competed in two bowl games–the 1966 Sun Bowl and the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Therefore in his two coaching appearances at Wyoming, Roach was involved in six of Wyoming’s ten bowl appearances in the school’s history, and six of its seven WAC championships–three as assistant coach (1966,1967,1968), two as athletics director/head coach (1987,1988), and one as athletics director (1993).

Inducted October 1, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Athletics Director 1987-96
  • Head Football Coach 1987-90
  • Two-time WAC Coach of the Year, Led Cowboys to three bowl games (Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988, Copper Bowl in 1990)