John Rogers enters his seventh season at the helm of the Bridgewater College women's golf program, and has also added head men's coaching duties.
The 2017-18 Eagles featured three All-ODAC selections and placed second in the conference. Christina Herbert qualified for her third consecutive NCAA championships, and became Bridgewater College's first four-year All-American in any sport. Rogers was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for a fourth straight time.
In 2016-17, Bridgewater won its second straight ODAC title by 50 strokes over nationally-ranked Washington & Lee, and Rogers was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive time. The best was yet to come however, as junior Christina Herbert won the NCAA Division III national championship in Houston, Texas.
Herbert, who also led the nation in scoring average for the season, was named the National Player of the Year by both WGCA and Honda. She won medalist honors in eight of her 11 events in 2016-17, and Bridgewater won five tournaments as a team. Herbert's exploits were featured in Sports Illustrated and on the Golf Channel.
The 2015-16 was historic for Bridgewater as the Eagles won their first ODAC championship in just their fourth year as a varsity program, and had two individuals qualify for the NCAA championships. Rogers earned his second straight ODAC Coach of the Year award for a team that featured two All-Region selections and a first team All-American in Christina Herbert.
The Eagles earned their first national ranking in 2015-16, slotting as high as #13 and finishing the year at #15. They were also regionally-ranked by the NCAA.
Rogers shared ODAC Coach of the Year honors in 2014-15 as the Eagles placed second behind nationally-ranked Washington & Lee in the conference. Bridgewater had four All-ODAC selections while featurring an honorable mention All-American in freshman Christina Herbert (the ODAC indivual champion) and the ODAC Scholar-Athlete- junior Andrea Walker. Bridgewater won three tournaments during the 2014 fall season.
The 2013-14 season was historic for the Eagles in a number of ways. The women’s golf team wrapped up the three-day conference tournament with a +192, 1056, to finish comfortably in second place overall in the program’s first team competition at the ODAC Championships. Marin Warring and Andrea Walker picked up All-ODAC honors. Warring was on the first team and Walker was a second-team choice, marking the second straight season in which a Bridgewater golfer was named to the All-ODAC first team.
During the program's inaugural season, Rogers led a pair of Eagles to top 10 finishes at the ODAC Championships and saw a pair of players earn All-ODAC honors, including a first team selection for Andrea Walker.
Rogers is also the department’s Athletic Operations Coordinator, and oversees many of the College’s game day operations.
He maintains game management and master athletic schedules, arranges concessions, handles ticket arrangements, and coordinates locker room assignments and travel details for all visiting teams.
On Aug. 22, 2012, Bridgewater College Interim President Roy Ferguson and Director of Athletics Curt Kendall named Rogers, a 15 year veteran instructor at Lakeview Golf Course in Harrisonburg, Va., as the new head coach for the Eagles women’s golf program.
Rogers was hired at Lakeview in 1995 as an assistant pro and has been a golf instructor since 1999, occasionally assisting the Bridgewater Eagles men’s golf program.
Since 2009, Rogers has been the head instructor at Lakeview, assisting golfers of all ages and leading more than 1,000 private lessons per year.
Prior to being named Lakeview’s top instructor, Rogers was a teaching professional for eight years, beginning in 2001. During that time he created the Tournament Players Series, which is a program that was created to help young golfers. Currently serves more than 100 junior golfers and has developed the skills of more than a dozen players who have played at the collegiate level.
In addition to working at Lakeview, Rogers began working as a fitness and golf instructor at RMH Wellness Center in 2004 and has provided indoor lessons and direct golf instruction for nine-plus years.
Rogers graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He resides in New Market.
|Year||ODAC Finish||Tournament Victories||Accolades|
|2014-15 (Women)||2nd||3||ODAC Co-Coach of the Year / First All-American in program history|
|2015-16 (Women)||1st||4||ODAC Champions / ODAC Coach of the Year / #13 National Ranking / Two NCAA Qualifiers|
|2016-17 (Women)||1st||5||Individual National Champion / National Player of the Year / ODAC Champions / ODAC Coach of the Year|
ODAC Co-Coach of the Year / One NCAA Qualifier