Major Scott Roach is the Chair of our Social Studies Department and in his eighteen years at Hargrave has taught classes ranging from 7th Grade Math to AP Government.
He started at Hargrave as an assistant baseball coach while teaching in the public school system. Soon he was on the Hargrave faculty and coaching basketball, football, and baseball. The structured environment and one-on-one relationships with students drew him to Hargrave and has kept Coach Roach here. "Students cannot fall through the cracks; they either get a pat on the back or we hold them accountable."
The middle school basketball team has just finished their season and Coach Roach really enjoys working with this age group. "They are a different animal. They think they can play like NBA players but do not yet have the experience and physical abilities they need." He enjoys helping them to develop their abilities and push past their limits. "The payoff is much sweeter. You get a sense of their growth and knowledge over a season. Some start the season not being able to make a layup and finish being able to do it with either hand."
"We do not win every game and losing is not fun, but you can learn a lot from it. It is through failure that you learn to appreciate victories in life."
Major Roach grew up near Chatham and used to tease his best friend who was a Cadet at Hargrave about his short hair. His grandmother used to threaten to enroll him at Hargrave. Much like many young men at that age he had "blurred vision" and "did not appreciate what a school like Hargrave can do for a young man".
One of his favorite memories over the years is of a student who now plays college basketball who hardly talked in class but wrote him a note saying, "Thank you, sir, for everything that you have done." Another former student recently came back and spoke to the Corps. "He was a real soup sandwich when he showed up at Hargrave and now he is an Assistant DA".
"This is the best job I have ever had. I do not want to be anywhere else."
Major Roach is a God fearing, Christ loving Christian who loves and cherishes his family, country, and his job. He was born in Danville and raised locally in Gretna, Virginia. He has taught and coached at Hargrave for almost 20 years.
He is known for his great curiosity and love for all genres of history. His degree is in History & Political Science from Appalachian State University.
He has been married for 26 years to Debra Roach, the love of his life. They have been blessed with two amazing and intelligent daughters, Rianna and Kaelyn.
Scott loves to read, spend quality time with his family, travel, working in his yard and gardening, and hanging out with his best bud Pearl (his Black Labrador Retriever). He is an active member of the North Main Baptist Church, where he serves the Lord as a teacher, deacon, and a member of many different committees.
There is a new club for Hargrave Cadets to participate in. Starting soon after exams end the Martial Arts Club will bring new learning experiences to our young men. Through the teachings of a variety of martial arts our young men will develop their coordination, flexibility and balance while aiding... more
Our Meritorious Performers were able to attend the Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. LtCol Morris was the chaperone and our Cadets joined in with a men's group from a local church to have breakfast and convoy down to the show.
The highlight... more
With our Cadets having multiple opportunities for activities and clubs to break up the monotony of school, there's bound to be some scheduling conflicts. This weekend we could only bring half of the team, but we still made a good show of skill and determination.
When winning, Both Richardson and... more
The highlight of the night, as always, was the Promenade and the announcing of the King and Queen of the Ball.
The 2nd Runner Up: Cadet Hosny Makhlouf and his date Molly Beasly
The 1st Runner Up: Cadet Alex Velazquez and his date Raquel Capote
The King and Queen of the Ball: Cadet Chad... more
The Tigers won their sixth straight track meet by the following team scores:
Hargrave - 125 pts
Gretna - 83 pts
Altavista - 82 pts
Dan River - 46 pts
Chatham - 36 pts
4 x 800 Relay - Higdon, Powers, Khraisat, Morris
Triple Jump - Hankins
110 Hurdles - Williams
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