Roarke returns to NU as Senior Associate AD/Senior Administrator
“We are thrilled to welcome Susan back to Niagara,” said Gray. “A successful leader throughout her career, including her final years as Director of Athletics and as Head Coach, Sue’s knowledge and expertise will elevate the capabilities of our department. Susan understands the value of intercollegiate sports to the overall profile of a university and will be a huge benefit to our community.”
After her first stint at Niagara from 2015-2019, Roarke served as Director of Athletics at Medaille College. At Medaille, she oversaw 19 intercollegiate track teams and the Mavericks had three NCAA Tournament berths. She helped institute a track and field giving day, a leadership academy, and a track and field golf tournament. Roarke also oversaw the grand openings of the sports complex’s athletic complex in addition to a turf baseball and softball field and a turf multipurpose field.
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to return to Niagara University and continue to work with the wonderful student-athletes and staff members,” Roarke said. “I would like to thank Simon and Father Maher for this exciting leadership role within the administration of the athletic department. I am honored to be part of such a prestigious athletics program and look forward to contributing to its growth continues”
While originally at Niagara, Roarke served as Associate Athletic Director/Senior Administrator and was the department’s liaison for Compliance, Human Resources and Facilities. She served as athletic 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 women’s basketball coach at Buffalo State. She was promoted to senior administrator and assistant athletic director in 2013.
Prior to Buffalo State, Roarke spent eight years as a head coach at the Division III level. She began her head coaching career with five seasons at Russell Sage College and she returned to the program at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2002.
In 2005-06, Roarke served as an assistant coach at Division II Merrimack College. She worked as an assistant coach with the Adirondacks area team that won gold at the 2000 Empire State Games. A member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, she was also a member of the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee in the Atlantic region from 2003 to 2005.
Roarke was a starting guard for four years at Keuka College, where she helped lead the team to 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.
Originally from Troy, NY, she earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Keuka. She earned a master’s degree in sports studies and political science from Miami University in Ohio.