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Al Roth ‘65

Al Roth is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and the former Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Paramus Catholic. In 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey State Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

Al Roth is a true Bronx native. Roth grew up on Pelham Parkway near Morris Park Avenue and attended Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School. He grew up in a strong tight-knit family. Roth’s father was a Swiss immigrant who worked as a textile salesman at West Point-Pepperell. His mother was a homemaker who helped raise five kids. As a student at Cardinal Hayes High School, his daily route involved taking the train from Dyre Avenue to 137th Street. What he remembers most about his time at Hayes was walking up the Grand Concourse and being greeted at the door by Father Mahoney. What made the Hayes experience special for Roth was the discipline and motivation that were central parts of the school culture. In his eyes, Hayes surpassed any prep school because it truly represented a family rooted in respect and brotherhood. During his four years, he had several teachers who made lasting impressions on him. Monsignor Pavis, Brother Barry, and Father Principe all inspired Roth to do his best. Roth has had a varied and successful career. A self-described “sophisticated tough guy”, Roth was able to navigate the halls of corporate America but still maintain his hometown appeal. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and the former Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Paramus Catholic. In 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey State Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Since 1981, he has been Vice President of East Coast Sales at Sethness Products.