Former Carroll coach hired by Berry College
Saturday, April 27, 2013 5:00 AM
ROME, GA. - Former Carroll County boys basketball coach Jeff Rogers has been named men's head basketball coach at NCAA Division III Berry College.
The hiring was announced Friday by Vikings Athletic Director Todd Brooks. Rogers comes to Berry after serving as the head coach at Thomas More College located in Crestview Hills, Ky.
In four seasons, Rogers led the Saints to a 77-34 (.694 win percentage) record and Rogers' 2012-13 team went 23-5 and 14-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) when he was named the conference coach of the year.
"We are extremely excited to name Jeff Rogers as our new men's basketball coach," said Brooks. "He has a winning track record and will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the program. Along with possessing a winning approach to basketball, Jeff is genuinely committed to the well-being of his student-athletes and is committed to their overall development as young men. I believe the Berry faithful will enjoy the fast-paced style of basketball Jeff will introduce next winter. He is a tremendous hire, and the future of the Berry men's basketball program is in good hands."
Rogers spent serving two seasons as an assistant for the Saints before becoming the head coach in 2009-10. That team won what was the most games in a single season at Thomas More, posting a 21-7 mark and winning a share of the PAC regular-season title. His team led the NCAA (at any division) in steals per game with 14.
"I'm honored to be selected to serve Berry College and its men's basketball team," said Rogers. "I look forward to building a program that fosters a strong work ethic and a commitment to success."
A native of Louisville, Ky., Rogers earned his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University in 1989 and a master's degree from the University of Louisville in 1996. He began his coaching career in 1989 when he served as an intern with USA Basketball at the United States Olympic Committee Complex in Colorado Springs, Co., for a year.
Rogers then he served as an intern with the University of Kentucky basketball program from 1990-92 and served as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo., from 1992-1996.
In 1996, Coach Rogers returned to Kentucky and served as a high school head boys coach for 10 years - including the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons at Carroll County where his teams were a combined 33-20 before leaving for the same position at Logan County.
Rogers will be the 11th head coach in Berry men's basketball's history. He inherits a team that went 5-21 and 2-12 in the Southern Athletic Association. The Vikings, however, lose only two letter-winners to graduation. Berry is also in its last year of provisional Division III membership and will be eligible for NCAA championships in 2013-14.
Rogers and his wife, Stacy, have three daughters Emma, Aubrey and Allyson.