ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Director of Athletics Jim Schaus named former Kentucky Wildcats assistant Aaron Rodgers as the new head coach of the Bobcats women's soccer program. With over 20 years of experience as a player and coach, Rodgers becomes the third head coach in school history.
"I am very excited about welcoming Aaron Rodgers as our new head women's soccer coach," Schaus said. "He is an enthusiastic and high energy coach, who is well known as an excellent recruiter, innovator and teacher. Aaron also has strong recruiting ties to our talent rich state for women's soccer. I am confident that the future is very bright for Ohio Women's Soccer under his leadership. We also welcome his wife Mandi, son Luke and daughter Reese to the Bobcat family."
Rodgers comes to Athens after spending the past four seasons at the University of Kentucky where he helped direct the Wildcats to a 42-30-5 record.
Rodgers helped guide Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 for the first time in program history since the early 2000s. In addition, the 2012 season was arguably the best in program history, as Rodgers helped UK to 14 wins and captured its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. In addition, the program won eight SEC games for the first time since 1999, tying the program record for conference wins in a season.
Under his direction, Rodgers helped UK goalkeeper Kayla King obtain a 13-2-1 record in the net, with a 0.71 GAA and earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting back-to-back shutouts at Tennessee and Georgia.
Prior to the 2012 campaign, Rodgers helped the Wildcats' land the sixth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com
Rodgers also helped former UK goalie Sydney Hiance post 12 shutouts in two seasons, including seven in 2009, the third most in a season in school history. Hiance finished her career ranked second in UK history in shutouts (20), saves (283), minutes (6143:56) and fourth in goals-against-average (1.23).
Prior to his arrival in Lexington, Rodgers spent a year as a volunteer coach with the University of Florida soccer team, serving as the goalkeeper coach. During his time in Gainesville, the Gators captured the 2008 SEC championship, while reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 as well.
His other SEC stop in Tuscaloosa occurred in the 1998 season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference's Western Division and earned a NCAA Championship berth that season. Rodgers coached 1998 All-SEC first team selection Rachel Brown, who is currently the goalkeeper for the England National Team.
Rodgers brings knowledge from the collegiate and club coaching ranks as well as experience as a player to the Wildcat program.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the women's team at his alma mater, the University of North Texas. After a year with the Mean Green, Rodgers became the South Alabama assistant women's soccer coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. While at USA, the Jaguars went from a 2-17 record in 1996 to 18-3-1 in 1997, marking the biggest turnaround in women's collegiate history.
He went on to accept the associate director position at the nationally prominent Cardinal Soccer Club located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rodgers spent almost two years with the program, working with players aged seven to 20.
A volunteer coaching position for the University of North Florida for the 2001 season followed, and the Ospreys finished the 2001 year nationally ranked. He spent the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach for the Flager College men's team.
Rodgers played collegiate soccer at both Arkansas-Little Rock (1991) and North Texas (1992-1993). He also played four seasons with various United Soccer League (USL) teams in the southeast - Texas Toros (1993-1994), Dallas Rockets (1995) and Mobile Revelers (1997).
A University of North Texas graduate, he received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1996.
Rodgers and his wife, Mandi, have a son, Luke, and a daughter, Reese.