Elite Camp to be held February 9 inside Nutter Fieldhouse
Coaching staff looks to carry momentum off historic 2011 season
Camps throughout June and July
Camps throughout June and July
February 11, 2011 in the Nutter Field House
Women's Soccer Cruises to 2-0 Win over UNC-Greensboro; UK defense posts second clean sheet in win Friday
Third year assistant coach at Kentucky, Aaron Rodgers is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference. Rodgers is in his third stop within the SEC, having previously coached at Florida and Alabama.
Under his tutelage, former UK goalie Sydney Hiance posted 12 shutouts in two seasons, including seven in 2009, the third most in a season in school history. Hiance finished her career ranked second in UK history in shutouts (20), saves (283), minutes (6143:56) and fourth in goals-against-average (1.23).
"This season anyone could step up to win the starting goalkeeper position," Rodgers said.
"There are big gloves to fill after Sydney Hiance's great career. Kayla King played every minute of the spring season and grew tremendously as a goalkeeper. But Taylor Mogel and Kayla Price have played at a very high level and should be able to contribute right away. The competition for playing time will push them all to become better!"
Prior to coming to Lexington, Rodgers spent a year as a volunteer coach with the University of Florida soccer team, serving as the goalkeeper coach. During his time in Gainesville, the Gators captured the 2008 SEC championship, while reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 as well.
His other SEC stop in Tuscaloosa occurred in the 1998 season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference's Western Division and earned a NCAA Championship berth that season. Rodgers coached 1998 All-SEC first team selection Rachel Brown, who is currently the goalkeeper for the England National Team.
Rodgers brings knowledge from the collegiate and club coaching ranks as well as experience as a player to the Wildcat program.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the women's team at his alma mater, the University of North Texas. After a year with the Mean Green, Rodgers became the South Alabama assistant women's soccer coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. While at USA, the Jaguars went from a 2-17 record in 1996 to 18-3-1 in 1997, marking the biggest turnaround in women's collegiate history.
He went on to accept the associate director position at the nationally prominent Cardinal Soccer Club located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rodgers spent almost two years with the program, working with players aged seven to 20.
A volunteer coaching position for the University of North Florida for the 2001 season followed, and the Ospreys finished the 2001 year nationally ranked. He spent the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach for the Flager College men's team.
Rodgers played collegiate soccer at both Arkansas-Little Rock (1991) and North Texas (1992-1993). He also played four seasons with various United Soccer League (USL) teams in the southeast - Texas Toros (1993-1994), Dallas Rockets (1995) and Mobile Revelers (1997).
A University of North Texas graduate, he received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1996.
Rodgers and his wife, Mandi, have a son, Luke, and a daughter, Reese.