East Carolina assistant Roggeman dies from lymphoma

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 also coached at Alabama State, Alabama A&M,

Louisville, Eastern Michigan, UNLV and Murray State. He played

linebacker and nose guard at Notre Dame.