Joe Rodgers enters his first season with the Sewanee Football program as the Associate Head Football Coach and the Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is primarily responsible for the defensive line.
Rodgers comes to Sewanee after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois Wesleyan.
A 1995 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, Rodgers returned to his alma mater after a one-year absence. Prior to his brief break, Rogers spent four seasons from 2010-13 as an Illinois Wesleyan assistant working with the defensive linemen.
During his tenure at IWC, two defensive players were named AFCA All-Americans at defensive end. Additionally, Rodgers was part of a staff that led the Titans to 2011 and 2013 NCAA Division III Playoff berths.
Rodgers was a second team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin linebacker as a three-year letterman for the Titans from 1992-94.
After graduating with a degree in natural science, Rodgers was Director of Strength, Speed, and Conditioning at New York’s Hofstra University, where he worked with NFL players Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) and Willie Colon (Pittsburgh Steelers).
Rodgers, who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State, resides in Sewanee with his wife, Carrie, and their two sons, Tyler (13), Cecil (10) and Charlie (4).