Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
Title: Defensive Coordinator
Phone: 508-793-2584
Previous College: California, 1992
Experience: Seventh Season

Recruiting Areas: Arizona, California, Florida (Southern), Hawaii, Massachusetts (Middlesex County)
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Richard Rodgers is in his seventh year on the Crusader coaching staff in 2011, and his sixth year as defensive coordinator. In his first five seasons as defensive coordinator, he has directed a unit which has developed into one of the top defenses in the Patriot League.

During the 2009 campaign, Rodgers helped lead the Crusaders to the Patriot League championship. In Holy Cross’ six conference games during the 2009 season, Rodgers’ defense ranked second in the Patriot League in scoring defense (21.8 points per game) and pass defense (211.7 yards per game). In addition, five Crusaders earned All-Patriot League honors on the defensive side of the ball in 2009, with four of them being first team selections. Holy Cross also had five defensive All-Patriot League selections in 2010, and had four players from the defense named all-conference in 2008.

In 2006, Rodgers’ defense ranked second in the conference overall in scoring defense (21.4 points per game) and passing defense (176.0 yards per game). He was also instrumental in the development of cornerback Casey Gough, who was a three-time All-Patriot League selection from 2005-2007.

Rodgers came to the Crusaders from New Mexico State University, where he spent four years working with the secondary. During Rodgers’ time at New Mexico State, the Aggies improved from 87th to 40th in the nation in total defense. New Mexico State totaled 45 interceptions during his four years as secondary coach, while lowering its passing yardage allowed during each of his final three seasons. Among the players he coached at New Mexico State was All-Sun Belt Conference cornerback Tony Lukins.

Previously, Rodgers spent four seasons at Portland State University, where he coached the cornerbacks and special teams, in addition to serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. During the 2000 season, Rodgers helped lead Portland State to an overall record of 8-4 and a trip to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. He also coached two All-Big Sky Conference performers during his time with the Vikings.

The Rodgers Family Rodgers also spent two years as an assistant coach at San Jose State University, working with the secondary and special teams. In addition, Rodgers coached for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1998, and was a coaching intern with the Oakland Raiders in 1996. He began his coaching career at Diablo Valley Community College.

Rodgers is an 1992 graduate of the University of California, where he was a two-time second team All Pacific-10 Conference selection from 1980-1984. He was the special teams captain for the Golden Bears for three seasons, and called “The Play” in the huddle to defeat Stanford in 1982. Rodgers was the second and fourth player to handle the ball on the famed five-lateral last play touchdown return. He also played professionally in both the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.

Rodgers has three children (Kayla, Richard and Christopher).

Rodgers' Collegiate Coaching File
Years School Position Championships
1989-1994 Diablo Valley C.C.
Assistant Coach  
1995-1996 San Jose State
Secondary Coach  
1997-2000 Portland State
Secondary / Special Teams Coach  
2001-2004 New Mexico State
Secondary Coach  
2005 Holy Cross
Secondary Coach  
2006-2011 Holy Cross
Defensive Coordinator / Secondary Coach
Patriot League Champions (2009)