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Harold R. Roche

Harold Roche

Title: NJCAA Hall of Fame Golf Coach
Company: Monroe Community College
Location: Victor, New York, United States

Harold R. Roche, NJCAA Hall of Fame Golf Coach at Monroe Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in coaching.

Mr. Roche spent nearly four decades as a professor of health, physical education, and recreation at Monroe Community College before being granted professor emeritus status in 2000. He joined the faculty in 1964, and began coaching golf in addition to his teaching duties in 1967, a role he would continue until 2003. Inspired by his parents, an athletic director and a teacher, Mr. Roche was active in sports from a young age, and became a star swimmer. He attended Cortland State University to train with former Olympic coach Jim Counsilman, and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and recreation.

Before beginning his career at Monroe Community College, Mr. Roche was a CPR, first aid, and water safety instructor, and he continued to volunteer with the American Red Cross throughout his career. An NJCAA Hall of Fame golf coach, Mr. Roche was named Region 3 Coach of the Year eight times, has been inducted into the Monroe Community College Coaches Hall of Fame, and is best-known for coaching 1988 PGA champion Jeff Sluman. Mr. Roche retired from coaching in 2003, and continues to maintain an active lifestyle while he dedicates himself to his health.

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