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August 11, 2006

The Woods tabs Rodgers as softball coach

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.

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