Saturday, October 1, 2011
Rogers came to Cal State Fullerton as a student with aspirations of playing baseball. He picked up gymnastics in a classroom and the rest is history. The 1972 CSF graduate began coaching gymnastics at the Anaheim YMCA and with the Long Beach KIPS Club.Soon he launched the Titans’ program and ran it with his heart and soul for its first 24 years (1976 thru 1999), compiling an overall record of 246-115 (.681). He won the 1979 national championship (AIAW) and had three second-place (2 AIAW, 1 NCAA) and five third-place (3 AIAW, 2 NCAA) finishes. His Titans won 10 conference championships and nine regional championships and were regional runnersup four times. He was the national coach of the year in 1979 and a three-time Big West Conference coach of the year.
As co-coach for the inaugural 1976 season with Charlotte Wolfe, he earned a salary of $500 with a budget of $500 more. He proceeded to win his first 71 matches spanning from 1976 to 1980 and he didn’t lose a home meet until the 1983 season. More importantly, every gymnast who competed for him for four seasons earned a degree. Rogers did double duty as a coach and fund-raiser in 1999-2000 before retiring to develop what has become a highly successful “Coach’s Oats” wholesale food business.