Jeff Roche is beginning his eighth year as head coach of the Bradley men's program. No stranger to The Hilltop, Roche had served as a volunteer assistant for both the Bradley men's and women's golf programs since 1998 before taking over the head coaching duties prior to the 2005-06 campaign.
During his time as the men's golf coach, the Braves have produced an all-conference performer, six First-Team MVC Scholar-Athletes and three Capital One Academic All-District V honorees. Bradley had not produced a First-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete in men's golf since the 1998-99 season prior to Zach Wanken earning the honors 2007-08 and Wanken along with 2010-11 Charles Orsborn Award Winner Coby Thompson are the only three-time Valley Scholar-Athlete selections in the history of the program.
While Roche aided both the Bradley men's and women's programs his time as a volunteer assistant, the majority of his focus had been with the women's golf team. During those nine years, the Bradley women won the Missouri Valley Conference team championship in 1999, 2002 and 2003 and advanced to NCAA regional play in 2002 and 2003. The Bradley women also produced three MVC Championship medalists and 14 all-conference performers during his time with the squad.
Roche, who earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Illinois State University in 1989, boasts more than 20 years of experience in the golf industry. After serving as the boys and girls golf coach at Bloomington (Ill.) High School from 1991 to 1992, Roche was the assistant golf professional at the Illinois State University Golf Course (1992-95) and Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg, Ill. (1995-96) before serving as the head professional at Shewami Country Club in Sheldon, Ill. from 1996 to 1997.
From 1997 to 1998, Roche was the head golf professional at WeaverRidge Golf Club, where he created and directed golf instruction programs for individuals and groups. He was also responsible for all facets of the WeaverRidge golf shop operation, including the supervision of a staff of 30 and organizing more than 100 events.
Roche became a full-time employee at Bradley University in the spring of 2000 when he replaced Corky Robertson as the Director of Ticket Operations for the athletic department. He also had a near two-year tenure as the director of development for the school's Foster College of Business Administration.
In addition to his duties as the Bradley men's coach, Roche is director of golf at Metamora Fields Golf Club.