Bill Roe - President
At the 2004 USATF Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, Bill Roe was re-elected President of USA Track & Field (USATF) for a second four-year term. The founder in 1972 of Seattle's Club Northwest and in 1973 of the Pacific Northwest Association of USATF, Roe's resume includes work in nearly all capacities of the sport: as a coach, meet director, clinician, official, administrator, and executive.
Roe was a member of the founding USATF Board of Directors in 1979 and has served on the organization's Board of Directors since 1986. He became one of three vice presidents in 1988, re-elected in 1990 to a second two-year term. In 1992 and 1994, he won two-year terms as Secretary, and in 1996 was re-elected to the position of vice president for a four-year term. He was voted to his first term as President in 2000 at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Annual Meeting. Roe's re-election as President makes him the only person in USATF history to be elected to twenty years as an officer.
The founder and past editor of Northwest Runner magazine, Roe has been a member of countless committees and task forces on the local, regional, and national level. During his first term, USATF created a Foundation arm, revised the procedures for the Hall of Fame, created three national club championships, performed both a comprehensive strategic planning exercise for the first time since 1988, and completed a first-ever zero-based budgeting inventory. Among his continuing goals for his second term as President are to build membership, be involved with national efforts to fight obesity, establish a common rule book for officials, and continue to emphasize communications with and between USATF members and the track & field community at large.
Roe has coached the men's and women's cross country and distance programs at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham since 1988. His athletes have set 27 school records, been NAIA or NCAA All-Americans 28 times, and won national scholar athlete honors on 16 occasions. He was regional cross country coach of the year in 1995 and conference cross country coach of the year in 1997.
He has been an international team leader or coach nine times and led the USA team to the 2001 World Cross Country Championships in Ostendee, Belgium, the 2002 event in Dublin, Ireland, the 2003 championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the 2004 meet in Brussels, Belgium. He will continue to work closely with the cross country international teams. He has been rated a Master official and referee since USATF's certification program was founded in 1980. He directs a number of track & field meets, cross country meets and road races each year, including a series of a dozen summer all-comers meets in Seattle he has directed since 1969.
Roe was born in Seattle and attended Nathan Hale High School and the University of Washington. In 1985, he moved to Bellingham to pursue an advanced degree in education, and was an graphic designer / desktop publisher for Western's Woodring College of Education from 1989 until mid-2002. Since then, he has been freelancing in graphics and publishing in Bellingham and Seattle, and in event management throughout the Northwest, while continuing to coach at WWU.