“We’re excited to welcome Susan back to Niagara,” Gray said. “Sue’s knowledge and expertise has been a successful leader throughout her career, including recent years as Director of Athletics and time as Head Coach. Sue’s knowledge and expertise will enhance the capabilities of our department. Susan understands the value of intercollegiate athletics to the overall profile of a university and will be a tremendous asset to our community.”
After her first stint at Niagara from 2015-19, Roarke served as director of athletics at Medal College. At Medal, she oversaw 19 intercollegiate athletic teams and the Mavericks had three NCAA Tournament berths. She helped set up an athletics day of teaching, a leadership academy, and an athletic golf tournament. Roarke also oversaw the large field house openings in the sports complex, in addition to a grass base and softball field and a multi-use synthetic turf field.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to return to Niagara University and continue to work with the amazing student athletes and staff,” said Roarke. “I would like to thank both Simon and Father Maher for this exciting leadership role within the athletics administration. I am honored to be a part of such a legendary athletics program and can’t wait to contribute to its continued growth.”
Originally in Niagara, Roarke was the Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and the department’s liaison for compliance, human resources and facilities. She was the sports supervisor for softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s golf.
Prior to Niagara, Roarke spent nine seasons as the head basketball coach for women at Buffalo State. She was promoted to Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletics Director in 2013.
For Buffalo State, Roarke spent eight years as the head coach at the Division III level. She began her career as a head coach with five seasons at Russell Sage College and she took over the program at the Stevens Institute of Technology in 2002.
In 2005-06, Roarke was an assistant coach at Division II Merrimack College. She served as an assistant coach with the Adirondack Region team that won gold in the 2000 Empire State Games. A member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, she also served on the NCAA Regional Rankings Committee in the Atlantic Region from 2003-05.
Roarke was a four-year basic guard at Keuka College, where she helped the team into post-season ECAC and NYSWCAA tournaments. Roarke was also a five-sport athlete at Catholic Central High School and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in June 2008.
Born in Troy, NY, she received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Keuka. She earned master’s degrees in sports studies and political science from Miami University of Ohio.
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