Name: Dr. Roger McCoach
Academic Rank: Professor
School: Professional Studies and Applied Sciences
Office: SH 213
Education: Ph.D., New York University
M.A., State University of New York (Stony Brook)
B.S., Clarkson University
Dr. Roger McCoach is so much more than a math professor at County College of Morris (CCM): he’s an athlete, a traveler, a writer, a lover of learning and a musician.
McCoach has ran more than 100 road races, 10 of them marathons, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Fuji and the Grand Teton Mountain. For decades, he was an accomplished tennis player, playing in tournaments and in leagues.
As for his travels, he has been to more than 70 different countries and has been to 47 U.S. states. For the CCM Center for Teaching and Learning, he has written 10 travel articles, and also has published four textbooks that he uses in his classes.
He’s taught a wide range of courses at CCM, ranging from math, to engineering, to information systems. While teaching at CCM, he took clarinet and piano lessons for 15 years at the college. Now, he plays in the wind ensemble at CCM and has participated in more than 100 performances.
“I stopped with the lessons after a while, but I continued with the music groups,” he says. “The wind ensemble is mostly students, but also people from the community. We always put on an end of semester concert.”
Teaching, music and math runs through McCoach’s family. Both of his parents were music teachers when he was growing up, his siblings played musical instruments and were also very good in mathematics.
“I was good at chemistry and math, so I gravitated to what I was good in,” he says. “When I was in high school, the Cold War was going on with the United States and Russia, and the guidance counselors were really pushing people toward science technology engineering and math, STEM, majors.”
What McCoach finds fascinating about math is that there is great variety in the discipline. “You can solve problems in more than one way,” he notes. “Math has a beauty and an elegance that most people who aren’t math majors don’t really see.”