Dalton native, motivational speaker Yogi Roth to deliver Lackawanna College commencement address
SCRANTON, Pa. – Dalton native Yogi Roth, a filmmaker, New York Times best‐selling author, accomplished coach, popular sports analyst, motivational speaker, and world-traveler, will deliver the commencement address at Lackawanna College on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
A graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School, Roth began his collegiate career as an athlete at the University of Pittsburgh where he walked‐on the football team earning a full athletic scholarship as a wide receiver. He then began a coaching career on the staff of Pete Carroll at USC. After graduating magna cum laude and earning his master’s degree in communication management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, he rose through the coaching ranks, where he would become USC’s assistant quarterbacks coach. After four years on the USC coaching staff he transitioned to media, where he began a career as a college football analyst and host for ESPN, Fox, and the Pac‐12 Networks.
After pitching and producing his first documentary for ESPN, “3 for the Show,” which chronicled Jake Locker, Cam Newton, and Tyron Taylor’s final season on the college gridiron and subsequent transition into the NFL, Roth became hooked on storytelling.
He co‐wrote the book, “Win Forever” (2010) with Pete Carroll, which reached number seven on the New York Times best‐seller list, as well as his own book, “From PA to LA” (2010). In 2011, he continued to hone his storytelling craft as a producer on “Depth Chart,” an ESPN series that followed the Miami Hurricanes and their quarterbacks during training camp.
Yogi also hosted and produced the “Elite 11” documentary series for ESPN from 2009‐2014 (which was nominated for an Emmy ® in 2013), and in 2015, directed “Dear Football: The 2015 Elite 11 Story,” which followed the top high school quarterbacks in the nation while sharing their stories on and off the field.
He currently serves as a producer and narrator on the Pac‐12 Network’s groundbreaking series “The Drive,” which follows a football program intimately throughout a season. The series has followed Cal‐Berkeley, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State, and Utah.
Most recently, Roth made his directorial debut with the documentary feature film, “Life in a Walk,” which took home the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. “Life in a Walk” follows Roth and his father, Will, on their trek along the Camino De Santiago, a famous pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain, where he listens to, learns from, and discovers more about his hero than he ever imagined.
An expert traveler, Roth has traveled to over 20 countries exploring the power of sport in each society—dropping into each community without a plan while gathering content. In 2014, he sailed around Cape Horn, South America, filming the documentary titled “The Cape,” which is in post‐production and scheduled for release in 2016.
He is also the co‐founder of Win Forever, LLC with Pete Carroll, which is an applied mindset training program for corporate leaders to develop a culture of high performance for individuals and teams to become the very best in their fields.
Additionally, through his newly formed production company ‐ Life Without Limits ‐ Yogi strives to make movies that highlight great stories and provokes audiences to give back to their community through the power of human connection, exploration, and discovery.
The multi‐faceted Roth has been an on‐air correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and is a regular on the speaking circuit for corporate, collegiate and high school events. In 2013, he presented his first TEDx Talk, titled “Love Wins”. Roth is also a seasoned actor in film and on television, appearing on Comedy Central, multiple national commercials, and in various independent films.
The College will host a screening of Roth’s celebrated film, “Life in a Walk,” on Friday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in the Theater at Lackawanna College, Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Lackawanna College’s commencement ceremony will be held in the Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, Pa.