At first glance of Jody Rogers’ resume, it’s obvious she’s a born winner. With more than 400 career victories in 17 seasons as a head coach, Rogers knows how to build and run a winning program. It’s those qualities that led VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin to name her head coach of the VCU Volleyball program on Feb. 11, 2013.
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 is 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. In all, three Rams picked up A-10 honors in Rogers’ first season, while Janelle Sykes tied the program’s single-season blocks mark with 172.
"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.
|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|
|Totals||17 seasons|| 432-188