"Jody is a proven winner who brings a lot of energy to the VCU Athletics family," McLaughlin said. "She is a teacher of the game who will promote hard work, discipline and strong communication as keys to sustainable, elite-level success, both athletically and academically. We are excited for her to lead our program and achieve our goals of providing a tremendous student-athlete experience and winning championships."
Overall, Rogers is 76-52 in four seasons at VCU, including 36-20 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. VCU players have earned 14 All-Atlantic 10 citations under her watch. Following the 2014 season, two players, Cecilia Aragao and Janelle Sykes, signed professional contracts in Europe. Rogers has coached her team to a winning record in 17 of the past 18 seasons.
It didn’t take long for Rogers to get to the business of winning. The Rams finished 26-8 during Rogers’ first season in Richmond and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Match. VCU’s final RPI of 52 was the program’s best since the NCAA began tracking the metric.
Rogers’ influence also yielded individual success. Romana Kriskova, who moved from right side to outside hitter prior to the 2013 season, produced a school-record 623 kills and was named A-10 Player of the Year, AVCA All-East Region and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.
"The program has so much potential, and that's the main reason why I came to VCU," says Rogers. "My coaching philosophy is that we go fast, and we have athletic players that can do great things on the court and in the classroom. There's a solid foundation in place, but now we look to operate at an even higher level."
Rogers came to VCU following 16 wildly successful seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where she built the Greyhounds into a perennial national power at the Division II level. In 2012, her final season in Indianapolis, she led UIndy to the 2012 Final Four and the program's third 30-plus win season in the past six years.
During her 16 years at UIndy, Rogers compiled a 406-180 (.693) mark, which ranked in the top-30 nationally among Division II coaches for both total wins (26th) and winning percentage (26th). She led the Greyhounds to four straight top-15 finishes and was named the 2012 CaptainU National Coach of the Year, as well as the 2009 AVCA National Coach of the Year. Rogers coached seven AVCA All-Americans during her tenure at UIndy.
A 1993 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State, Rogers had been the women's volleyball coach at Newbury Junior College in Brookline, Mass. She also was the boys' volleyball coach at Waltham (Mass.) H.S., starting a new program in February of 1997. In 1995-96, Rogers was an athletic compliance intern at Boston College, working with BC's 32 varsity sports. Prior to her stint at BC, Rogers was an assistant volleyball coach at Springfield College (Mass.) from 1994-96. In 1993, Rogers was the assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater.
Rogers was a standout volleyball player at Eastern Connecticut from 1991-92. She earned team MVP honors as a senior in 1992, serving as team captain.
She played her first two collegiate seasons at Miami-Dade CC (Fla.), with MDCC's 1989 team winning the junior college national championship.
Rogers earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Connecticut in 1993 and her master's in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration in 1997 at Springfield College. She was inducted into the Newton North (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2012.
|JODY ROGERS - COACHING HISTORY|
|1999||Indianapolis||22-15||4-12||First winning season|
|2003||Indianapolis||29-11||12-3||GLVC Champions; NCAA First Round
|2007||Indianapolis||33-4||18-1||17|| NCAA Second Round
|2008||Indianapolis||29-10||14-4|| NCAA Second Round
||6||GLVC Champions; NCAA Elite Eight
||15|| NCAA Sweet 16
||15||GLVC Champions; NCAA Sweet 16
||12||NCAA Final Four
|2013||VCU||26-8||11-3||Atlantic 10 Runner-Up|
|2014||VCU||17-13||9-5||Atlantic 10 Semifinalist|
|2016||VCU||19-14||8-6||Atlantic 10 Semifinalist|
|Totals||19 seasons|| 482-232