Jeff Roope has been named the men’s golf coach at the University of Toledo, UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced on Thursday.
Roope is the former Wittenberg University men’s and women’s golf coach.
“Jeff is an outstanding coach and an exceptional person,” O’Brien said in a statement. “His experience in building a national championship men’s golf program speaks for itself, but it only tells part of the story.
“He is a man of great character who we feel will be able to recruit student-athletes, who will excel in the classroom and bring our men’s golf program back into national prominence.”
During his 10 years at Wittenberg, Roope guided the men’s program to its first NCAA Division III championship in 2017, as well as finishing third nationally in 2015 and 2016.
The women’s program placed second at the NCAA championships in 2015 and third in each of the past two years.
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of the UT men’s golf program,” said Roope, who also served as head coach of Team USA at the 2016 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan.
“The potential here is unlimited. I was so impressed with the support of the administration and the community during the interview process.
“It is definitely bittersweet to leave Wittenberg, but I know both programs will be in good hands. My hope is to bring that kind of success to UT. I’m very excited to see how much this program can achieve on the course, in the classroom, and in the community. I can’t wait to get started.”
Between the men’s and women’s programs, Roope helped Wittenberg secure 70 team championships, 67 all-conference accolades, 48 individual medalist honors, 31 academic all-scholar awards, 22 All-Americans, 11 North Coast Athletic Conference championships, 10 league medalist recipients, seven NCAC player of the year honorees, and two academic All-Americans during the last decade.
A native of Grove City, Ohio, Roope earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Ashland University in 2006.