Roy Rodriguez - Offensive Line Coach & Dean of Students
As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Coach Rodriguez's first step began when he accepted a a volunteer job at Fordham University in 1997, serving under then head coach Nick Quartaro. Coach Rodriguez stall has great memories of his early days at Fordham and says that "If you can’t learn football with Coach Q, then there is something wrong with you. He is a man of integrity, knowledge and discipline, and he’s one who likes to teach you and make sure you get it right.” To this day he has a great deal of gratitude for Coach Quartero and his Fordham experience. Nothing could have provided his career with a better beginning.
Moving on from Fordham, his career began to accelerate in 1998 when he was the first assistant coach hired at Iona by Head Coach Fred Mariani, who had also just been hired as Iona's head coach. (Coach Mariani, having coached with Roy at Fordham, knew Roy would make a valuable addition to his staff.)
Coach Rod, as he is known in coaching circles, was given a full workload by Coach Mariani, who made him Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach and the liaison for the team's managers. He was also given recruiting responsibilities. Let it be known he brought great enthusiasm to all these responsibilities.
“I have a lot to be thankful for with Coach Mariani,” Coach Rod says. “ He gave me my first paid college coaching position and it was in a Division I-AA football setting. He taught me to be driven and task-oriented on a day-to-day basis. "
After 3 seasons with Iona College Coach Rod spent a season coaching with the Roanoke Steam of the Arena Football 2 League in the spring of 2001. After that season he became the defensive line coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Under Marist head coach Jim Parady, who is still there, Coach Rod learned many of the fundamentals of the coaching profession that are still the foundation of his approach to coaching. But it was his daily association with Scott Rumsey, Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator , where he really learned his x’s and o’s. “Coach Rums, was a great influence on a lot of my character as a football coach, I appreciate the time I spent with him, I will be forever grateful.”
In 2004 he moved to Lubbock, TX and had a great opportunity to coach at Texas Tech University with Mike Leach. During this time he worked defensive line coach Ruffin McNeil and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, as well as working one on one with Former NFL players, LB Mike Smith, OL Manny Ramirez, OL Louis Vasquez, and WR Danny Amendola
From there Coach Rod took the Defensive Line/Video Coordinator job at the Division II Chowan University Hawks located in Murfreesboro, NC in 2009.
In 2010 he was the Defensive Coordinator of Milford Academy Prep School in New Berlin, NY where he enjoyed a tremendous year going 11-1. Of special note is the fact that his defense only gave up an average of 13 points per game.
In 2011-2012 he accepted a job at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia where his many responsibilities included being the Director of Football Operations, Recruiting Coordinator and the one he loved the most Offensive Line Coach. WVWC was pre-season ranked to finish 7th out of 8 teams in their division and by the end of the year they were ranked #11 nationally. The Passing Offense was ranked #1, total offense ranked #13, our QB was ranked #1 in total offensive output. The Offensive Line was the strong hold to make all of these accolades possible. Coach Rod’s favorite saying is, “It’s all won and lost on the Offensive Line.”
We fully expect Coach Rod's tremendous record of accomplishment and success to continue at ECP.
“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.”
----Coach Roy Rodriguez