MINERS

Derrick Roche
 Derrick Roche

Position:
Offensive Graduate Assistant

Derrick Roche is in his third season as a UTEP program coordinator, with special teams responsibilities for 2007.

The native of Kent, Wash. played for four seasons at Washington State (1999-02), all under the tutelage of coach Mike Price. He helped the Cougars to 20 wins over his last two years in the crimson and gray, including the 2001 Sun Bowl and 2003 Rose Bowl.

Roche started all 36 games in the WSU offensive line from 2000-02 and made three starts as a redshirt freshman. He was a first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) as a senior, and second team by the Associated Press, The Sporting News and CNNSI.com. He was a two-time first team All-Pac 10 choice (2001 and 2002) while in Pullman.

He played his prep ball at Kentridge High School. He was tabbed first team All-State and All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times as a senior. Playing on both sides of the ball, he recorded 50 tackles, 20 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks on defense his senior year.

Roche earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Washington State in 2003. He is working on a master's degree in athletic administration at UTEP.