Richard Roche

Title: Director of Athletics, Head Basketball Coach
Company: Notre Dame High School
Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey, United States

Richard Roche, Director of Athletics and Head Basketball Coach at Notre Dame High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in athletics.

Mr. Roche became involved in his profession because he loved kids and loved the game of basketball. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1987 and went on to receive a Master of Art in education from Villanova University in 1994. Eventually, his teaching and coaching led him to become a distinguished athletic director. Since 2010, Mr. Roche has been the director of athletics for Notre Dame High School and since 2017, he has been the boy’s varsity basketball coach at the high school. He recalls his most notable achievement was the upgrading of facilities at Notre Dame and the upgrading of programs, essentially making them more competitive compared to when he arrived.

Mr. Roche commenced his career as an assistant to the senior vice president at Dime Savings Bank of New York from 1987 to 1988. He then moved on to athletics becoming an assistant men’s basketball coach with the New York Institute of Technology in 1988 remaining until 1989. He then moved to Farmingdale State College as an assistant men’s basketball coach for a year. From 1988 to 1997, he was a social studies teacher and head basketball coach for Saint Anthony’s High School. He was also an assistant basketball coach at Villanova University from 1993 to 1994. In 1997, he went back to his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as the head basketball coach until 2006. From there, he became the district athletic director for Lindenhurst Public Schools in 2006, remaining until 2010.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Roche has received a myriad of Coach of the Year Awards. He has also been inducted as a member of the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey, New Jersey High School Athletic Directors Association and New Jersey Basketball Coaches Association. As he progresses in his career, Mr. Roche would like to continue coaching within the athletic realm. If he were to move on from Notre Dame, he would potentially like to get back into the college ranks. Likewise, he would like to look for assistant athletics jobs at the college level, or he would be open to a big high school sweeping him off his feet with an offer that he could not turn down. Right now, Mr. Roche is content with his success at Notre Dame, however the itch to progress to be the best he can always remain.

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