CORPUS CHRISTI – Jessica Rogers will join the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi staff as an assistant coach for the Islanders' softball program, Head Coach Stephanie Hughes announced today.
Rogers, a native of Dallas, comes to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi after spending the past three years as an assistant softball coach for Idaho State University. Prior to that, she spent a season with Hughes at UTSA as a volunteer assistant coach after spending her final two seasons as a student-athlete as a Roadrunner under Hughes.
"I would like to thank Stephanie Hughes and Athletic Director Scott Lazenby for giving me this opportunity," Rogers said. "I am excited to be back in Texas and the Southland Conference. I look forward to working again with Coach Hughes, becoming part of her staff and working with the student-athletes."
Rogers, a four-year letterwinner at UTSA, comes to the Island University with a wealth of knowledge of the Southland Conference. She was recently named the Southland Conference all-time hitter after she set several league records, including home runs and RBIs in a career and season. In 2005, Rogers garnered Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year honors.
At UTSA, Rogers earned Southland Conference First Team All-Conference honors from 2003-05 and 2007 while being named NFCA South All-Region from 2004-05 and 2007. Also in 2007, she was tabbed UTSA Female Athlete of the Year and was honored in 2008 when her jersey was retired.
During Rogers' time, the Roadrunners earned three consecutive Southland Conference Championships (2004-06) and two Southland Conference Tournament Championships (2004 and 2006). During 2004 and 2006, Rogers and UTSA earned a trip to the NCAA Regional.
In 2004, Rogers was the toughest player in NCAA Division I to strikeout and in 2005 she was the NCAA Division I leader in home runs. In 2007, the former Roadrunner led the conference in batting and slugging percentage and still holds the league's all-time total bases record with 525.
"I am extremely excited to add a coach of Jessica's caliber to our coaching staff," Hughes said. "Her knowledge, competiveness and passion for the game are all things that make her a great asset to our program. I know that our student-athletes are going to learn and continue to grow under her and she will help us take the Islanders Softball program to the next level."
Off the field, Rogers excelled in the classroom, earning multiple accolades from several media outlets. She was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2005 and 2007), CoSIDA Academic All-District VI (2005, 2005 and 2007), along with being named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and UTSA Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
Following her collegiate career, Rogers spent a season at UTSA as a volunteer assistant coach before joining St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, as an assistant coach. In 2009, she helped guide the Hilltoppers to their first ever Heartland Conference Tournament Championship title.
In 2009, Rogers returned to UTSA for a year, before joining Idaho State University as an assistant coach in 2010. This past season, she led the Bengals to the Big Sky Championship title while coaching the Big Sky Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and eight all-conference players. Rogers assisted Bengals' Head Coach Julie Wright in daily practice and game activities while being in charge of the pitchers and catchers, recruiting, equipment, field maintenance, travel and monitoring the student-athletes' academic progress. She was also the camp coordinator.
Rogers received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UTSA in December 2006 and her master's degree in education from UTSA in August 2008.