Dalton native, motivational speaker Yogi Roth to deliver Lackawanna College commencement address

For Abington Journal | March 29th, 2016 10:21 am

SCRANTON — Dalton native Yogi Roth, a filmmaker, New York Times best‐selling author, coach, sports analyst, motivational speaker, and world-traveler, will deliver the commencement address at Lackawanna College on Saturday, May 21.

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 at USC.

After graduating and earning his master’s degree in communication management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 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.

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.

The college will host a screening of Roth’s celebrated film, “Life in a Walk,” at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15 in the Theater at Lackawanna College, Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Lackawanna College’s commencement ceremony will be held in the Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

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Information provided by Lackawanna College.