Recruiting Areas: New York (Section One), New York Catholic, Nassau County
Bill Roos is in his 11th season as a member of the Marist football staff, bringing with him over three decades of football experience at the high school, collegiate and professional level. He once again will serve as the team's offensive line coach.
With the benefit of Roos' tutelage, right tackle Phede Celestin was named First Team All-PFL last season. In 2010, Roos worked with an offensive line which began the season with no starters having any prior collegiate experience. Celestin was named Honorable Mention All-PFL.
In 2009, three Marist offensive linemen earned PFL honors, as Kevin Ulrich was named Second Team All-PFL, and both Danny Angelastro and Neil Walsh were named Honorable Mention. In 2007, one of Roos' pupils, Dan Cooper, was named a Mid-Major All-American by the Don Hansen National Weekly Football Gazette. Two Marist linemen - Cooper and center Neil Walsh - were named First Team All-MAAC. During his tenure with Marist, Roos has mentored seven All-Americans and 21 all-conference honorees.
Roos brings a wealth of experience with him to Marist, starting his coaching career at SUNY Cortland as the linebackers coach for two years.
After spending two seasons as St. Dominic's (N.Y.) High School, Roos moved back into the college ranks in 1981, joining the coaching staff at St. John's University. During his six-year stint with the Red Storm, Roos coached both the offensive and defensive lines. In 1987, he took his coaching wares down the Long Island Expressway to Hofstra University, where he coached until 1989. During his tenure in Hempstead, Roos worked with the running backs and defensive line.
From 1990-96, Roos was a Personnel Scout with the New York Jets, scouting talent throughout the league for free agency and trade potential. He also assisted with the Jets Mini-Camps during those years. While with the Jets, Roos coached at the high school level. He spent the 1990-92 seasons as the head football coach at Horace Greeley High School and then took the same position at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls from 1993 until the completion of the 2000 season. Roos returned to the college coaching ranks in 2001, taking over as the secondary and special teams coordinator at Pace University.
Roos played offensive line at Nassau Community College during the 1975-76 seasons, before transferring to Cortland State. Injuries prevented Roos from seeing playing time at Cortland, but turned him on to his coaching career. He graduated from Cortland in 1979 with a B.S. in Physical Education, and received his Master's Degree in Special Education from Queens College in 1982.
In March 2007, Roos was published in American Football Monthly magazine. He wrote an article entitled, "The Backside Tackle in the Spread Run Game." In May 2009, Roos appeared on Sirius NFL Radio's "Movin' the Chains" show with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan to discuss the art of long snapping.
Roos can often be found on the clinic and camp trails, having spoken at the Nassau County Clinic in 2005-06 and 2008, the New Rochelle Clinic in 2008, Pace University Spring Clinic in 2002 and Suffolk County Coaches Clinic in 2005. He works summer camps tirelessly, including the past 30 seasons at the Knight Camp (Bronx, N.Y.), HSPD Camps in New York, Jay Fiedler Camp, Rutgers College Camp and the Marist Camp. Roos has appeared at Lauren's First and Goal Camp at Lafayette College, of which all proceeds are directed to pediatric brain tumor research and cancer services.
A native of Williston Park, N.Y., Roos and his wife Karen reside in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., with their children Katie and Billy.