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Thomas J. Roggeman

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05/14/11 10:38 PM #1    

Patty Leya (Tingstad)


Thomas "Rock" Roggeman

East Carolina assistant dies from lymphoma at 47

The Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina assistant coach Thomas "Rock" Roggeman has died after a yearlong fight with cancer .

The school said Roggeman died Monday in Chapel Hill. He was 47.

Roggeman joined Skip Holtz's staff when he arrived in Greenville in December 2004. He was in his third season coaching the defensive tackles before going on medical leave in September to focus on his treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

He remained at East Carolina when Holtz left for South Florida in January.

Roggeman had also coached at Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Louisville, Eastern Michigan, UNLV and Murray State. He played linebacker and nose guard at Notre Dame.

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