LANCASTER – University of Antelope Valley this week announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first men’s basketball head coach at the university. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as the assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University (ACU).
Rogers was instrumental in helping the ACU Firestorm build a nationally recognized program in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Firestorm recorded back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and defeated 13 ranked opponents in three years. Coach Rogers recruited and coached three GSAC All-Conference players and one NAIA All-American. The ACU Firestorm is currently ranked 19th in the country with an 8-3 record.
“Brad’s success in helping build ACU into a top NAIA program made him the perfect fit to fill the position as UAV’s first head basketball coach,” stated UAV’s Director of Athletics, Jeff Bussell. “Coach Rogers has a strong record of success on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He brings great enthusiasm and commitment to developing his student-athletes into men of strong character.”
“With three trips to the NAIA National Tournament in the last five years, Brad understands what it takes to compete on a national level and has a great vision for the UAV basketball program,” Bussell continued. “We are very fortunate to have Brad and his wife, Alyce, join the UAV family and Antelope Valley community.”
Rogers started his coaching career at Sierra Community College, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. He helped guide the Wolverines to a Northern California playoff berth in 2006-07 and helped move numerous players to the D1, D2 and NAIA level. He was also responsible for recruiting the eight players who were named Big 8 All-Conference during his time there, and he takes special pride in the fact that 98% of players in the program earned their associate’s degrees and transferred to four-year colleges and universities.
“The UAV faculty and coaching staff are especially proud to announce the appointment of Rogers to the head coach position based on his proven coaching successes and his commitment to education,” stated UAV President Marco Johnson. “A successful UAV student-athletic must also pursue academic success.”
Coach Rogers stated, “I am thrilled and blessed to be a part of the excitement surrounding the University of Antelope Valley and to direct the men’s basketball program in its inaugural season. I am thankful that Jeff Bussell and President Marco Johnson have given me a unique and challenging opportunity to build the foundation for a competitive and successful program in the Cal Pac conference and NAIA D2.”
UAV’s inaugural basketball season is set to begin this fall. Coach Rogers will transition from Arizona to the Antelope Valley this month to begin employment at UAV.
The Pioneers are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will enter the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) effective 2015-16 season.
For recruiting information, contact Coach Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio Interview with UAV men’s basketball coach, Brad Rogers
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