TERRE HAUTE — There will be no learning curve for the new St. Mary-of-the-Woods softball coach.
Gary Rodgers, a Robinson, Ill. native, was named to the post Thursday, replacing Amanda Neal. Rodgers has 32 years of junior college and high school experience as he enters his first four-year college job at SMWC.
“I have been acquainted with Coach Bradley for many years, and I like the way she runs her program,” Rodgers said. “SMWC offers such great academic programs and a wonderful athletic program. As a coach at Olney Central and Lincoln Trail, many of my students went on to continue their education and play softball at SMWC. I saw, first-hand, what my students gained and the job opportunities that they received here.”
For the last five years, he served as head softball coach at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill., and prior to that, he spent 12 years as the head coach at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., making one appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament. He completes his 17-year coaching experience at the NJCAA level with a record of 530 wins and 198 losses.
“Gary has proven himself successful not only in the win-loss column, but also in the holistic development of his players,” SMWC Athletic Director Deanna Bradley said in a press release. “I look forward to working with him, and I believe we are blessed to have him as a member of the SMWC coaching staff.”
In addition to his NJCAA experiences, Rodgers has coached several summer youth traveling teams, making three national appearances, and he spent two years coaching at Robinson High School in Robinson, Ill., with a record of 40-12.
He has also led pitching and batting camps throughout the Midwest. He looks forward to working with the SMWC’s softball Pomeroys.
“I obviously hope to strengthen the team through various teaching methods used in the game of softball, but I also hope to achieve a great graduation rate with the softball team,” Rodgers said. “I want to prepare players for life after softball, and I want to make sure they have the skills they need to go out and find success.”
Rodgers replaces Amanda Neal, who served as head softball coach for the last five years.
The Pomeroys won the USCAA national championship four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005. SMWC was runner-up in 2006.
TERRE HAUTE — There will be no learning curve for the new St. Mary-of-the-Woods softball coach.
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Secret weapon: Kelsey Rosselli finishing Woods career with a bang
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, reporting game results to the Tribune-Star after a win or a loss is not always a high priority.
So when one of its athletes enjoys an outstanding season, like senior Kelsey Rosselli is doing for the Pomeroys’ softball team in 2013, media publicity doesn’t always follow.
In fact, her efforts almost seem like a government secret.
Rosselli’s name might sound familiar to longtime Terre Haute softball followers because she was a standout for North High School, from where she graduated in 2009.
Since then, she’s helped The Woods finish runner-up in three straight U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournaments in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Federal audit says SMWC should return $42M in student aid
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This underdog has its day
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Rose-Hulman relied on a balanced scoring attack and a strong defensive effort to earn a 55-44 women’s basketball victory Saturday over Mount St. Joseph.
SMWC topples Rose-Hulman
After a sluggish first half for both teams, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College found enough offensive rhythm in the final 20 minutes to outlast host Rose-Hulman 51-41 in the 19th annual Clabber Girl Trophy women’s basketball showdown Tuesday night inside Hulbert Arena.
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Blinding snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t stop Saint Mary-of-the-Woods junior Stephanie Runyon, an education major from Noblesville, from becoming the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association women’s national champion in cross country Friday.
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SMWC puts up fight in tourney
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Marian holds off Rose women’s second-half charge
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