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Roff led Illinois State to six Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances while serving as the ISU head coach from 2007 to 2014. He also spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Indianapolis before moving on to Bloomington-Normal.
The Ann Arbor native was a four-year starting forward at Michigan State, graduating in 1996. After three seasons at Purdue, he has compiled a 147-91-16 career record (.610 winning percentage) as a collegiate head coach.
The 2017 campaign was the Boilermakers' finest of the decade. Senior Maddy Williams returned from a knee injury and put together an All-American campaign. She led the Big Ten with 14 goals and 36 points, earning the league's Forward of the Year award. She eclipsed Purdue's single-season and all-time records for goals and points and also established a new career benchmark with 26 assists. She scored 22 of her 38 career goals in her two seasons under Roff.
The Boilermakers (10-7-2, 5-4-2 B1G) reached the 10-win benchmark for the first time since 2009 as Roff and his staff successfully blended a talented group of seniors with a large freshman class. Headlined by goalkeeper Katie Luce and fellow Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection Sarah Clark, first-year Boilermakers made a combined 109 starts in 2017.
Purdue scored 36 goals in Roff's third season to rank second in the Big Ten through the end of the regular season. The Boilermakers scored in their first 13 games and 17 of 19 overall, including all 10 at home. But they also excelled defensively, winning seven times in shutout fashion. Purdue posted a pair of 300-minute shutout streaks and compiled a program-record shutout streak at home of 470 consecutive minutes from Aug. 21 through Oct. 12.
In Roff's first season at Purdue, the team won five of its first six games and was competitive throughout its 9-8-1 campaign. It was the program's first winning season since 2009. The Boilermakers suffered only two losses by more than one goal; of the 1,671 minutes of regular-season action Purdue played in 2015, it trailed by multiple goals for only 110 minutes.
The 2015 Boilermakers scored 28 goals in 2015, nine more than the year prior despite playing one fewer regular-season game.
Three overtime losses coupled with a 1-7 record away from Folk Field were big parts of a snakebitten 2016 campaign, during which the Boilermakers were much more competitive than their 4-12-1 record would suggest. All three overtime losses as well as a 2-2 draw with Indiana were games in which Purdue held the lead in the second half. The Boilermakers did rally to defeat Cincinnati in overtime, but they were otherwise 0-8-1 when the opposition scored first. The five overtime games were Purdue's most since 2012 (six). Ultimately, Roff's team could not overcome the loss of Williams to an April knee injury and fellow senior forward Hannah Leinert missing the final five and half games due to injury as well.
The draw with IU did allow the Boilermakers to retain possession of the Golden Boot traveling trophy. A year earlier, the team's first win in Bloomington since 2009 brought the trophy back to West Lafayette on a full-time basis. Previously, the Hoosiers had it in their trophy case from 2012 to 2014. Purdue brought the trophy back from B-Town again in 2017.
Despite a less-than-favorable October schedule in 2015, Purdue avoided the late-season skid that had plagued the team in the five years before Roff's arrival. After hosting Penn State and Rutgers -- both NCAA College Cup qualifiers -- the week of Oct. 11 to 16 for the final home games at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, Purdue had to play its final three matches on the road. The team still managed to earn seven standings points from that five-game stretch, narrowly missing out on a Big Ten Tournament berth in the process.
Over the final week and a half of the season, Purdue rallied for an overtime win at Maryland and closed the season with a satisfying shutout victory in Bloomington.
"Drew is a proven winner with numerous regular-season and tournament championships, as well as NCAA Tournament success," says Purdue senior associate athletics director Ed Howat, the sport supervisor for women's soccer. "Beyond his on-field coaching and recruiting acumen, he is a strong proponent of the complete student-athlete experience, with his teams consistently excelling in the classroom. We are excited to welcome Drew and his wife, Stephanie, to the Boilermaker family."
"Purdue is a special place, with great people and tremendous resources," Roff says. "Everything is in place for our student-athletes to have great success and have a great overall experience. I was thrilled to join the Boilermaker family."
Roff was the leader of the Missouri Valley's Coaching Staff of the Year five times, including three of his last four seasons at Illinois State. The Redbirds qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of his last four years and advanced to the second round in both 2013 and 2014. He compiled a 98-50-11 mark at ISU.
Illinois State won both the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. His tenure in Bloomington-Normal began with a three-peat as regular-season conference champs. The 2010 season marked the only year of his eight at ISU in which the Redbirds didn't win either the MVC's regular-season or tournament crowns. However, his 2010 team did set an Illinois State athletic department record with a 3.70 grade-point average.
"We had no shortage of strong candidates for this position, and Drew emerged from an attractive pool," Purdue director of athletics Morgan Burke said. "He has been there, done that as a successful coach and student-athlete, with a history of winning championships. His plan to return our women's soccer program to prominence within the Big Ten and nationally is sound. Ed Howat and our search team were thorough in their selection and made an outstanding choice."
Roff has also served as the head coach of the Dynamo FC of Indianapolis club team (2003-07) as well as a player-coach of the Indiana Invaders FC (2000-02), a Professional Development League team based in South Bend. He led Dynamo FC's '89 girls to the 2004 Indiana State Cup and 2006 Midwest Premier League titles.
Led by four-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year Rachel Tejada, Illinois State ran the table against the rest of the MVC in 2013 and 2014, compiling a combined 16-0 record. The 2014 Redbirds won a school-record 16 games while challenging themselves with a stacked non-conference slate that featured the likes of Texas A&M, Boston College, Baylor and a DePaul team that was unbeaten during the regular season. Roff's teams took down Louisville and South Florida in true road games in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Tejada scored 20 goals as a senior en route to earning NSCAA Second Team All-America honors and finishing her career with an MVC-record 74 goals and 42 assists. But Roff also coached three MVC Defensive Player of the Year honorees and one MVC Goalkeeper of the Year during his time at Illinois State.
Roff spearheaded a quick turnaround in his two seasons at the University of Indianapolis, transforming a team that finished under .500 in 2004 to a side that went 17-5-1 just two years later. The school-record total for wins featured an NCAA Division II Tournament win in the program's first postseason appearance. He has also served as the head coach of the girl's team at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis.
Roff and his wife Stephanie reside in West Lafayette. They're the parents of two children, son Brady and daughter Carmen.