VCU finds new volleyball coach

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU has a new volleyball coach, to lead them past their messy breakup with their old one.

Monday, VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin announced the hiring of Jody Rogers as the program's new coach.

Rogers replaces James Finley, who accused VCU of not renewing his contract because he is gay.  The school held an internal review, that cleared the athletic program of any wrongdoing. Finley has been hired as the new head coach at the University of Seattle.

Rogers comes to the Black & Gold after spending the past 16 seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where she built the Greyhounds into a perennial national power at the Division II level. This past season, she led UIndy to the 2012 Final Four and the program's third 30-plus win season in the past six years. Rogers racked up over 400 wins at UIndy.

During her 16 years at UIndy, Rogers compiled a 406-180 (.693) mark, which ranks in the top-30 nationally among Division II coaches for both total wins (26th) and winning percentage (26th). She has led the Greyhounds to four straight top-15 finishes. She was named the 2012 CaptainU National Coach of the Year, as well as the 2009 AVCA National Coach of the Year. Rogers coached seven AVCA All-Americans during her tenure at UIndy.

A 1993 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State, Rogers had been the women's volleyball coach at Newbury Junior College in Brookline, Mass. She also was the boys' volleyball coach at Waltham (Mass.) H.S., starting a new program in February of 1997.

In 1995-96, Rogers was an athletic compliance intern at Boston College, working with BC's 32 varsity sports.  Prior to her stint at BC, Rogers was an assistant volleyball coach at Springfield College (Mass.) from 1994-96. In 1993, Rogers was the assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater.

Rogers was a standout volleyball player at Eastern Connecticut from 1991-92.  She earned team MVP honors as a senior in 1992, serving as team captain.  She played her first two collegiate seasons at Miami-Dade CC (Fla.), with MDCC's 1989 team winning the junior college national championship.

Rogers earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Connecticut in 1993 and her master's in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration in 1997 at Springfield College. She was inducted into the Newton North (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2012.

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