|Title:||Head Women's Basketball Coach|
|Phone:||(909) 593-3511, ext. 4249|
Matt Rogers begins his fourth season as head coach of the University of La Verne Women's Basketball program. Coach Rogers’ program has seen a rebirth of the great La Verne basketball tradition as the team has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with in the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCIAC). In Coach Rogers first three years at the helm of the Leo’s program, his teams have ranked 2nd, 1st, and 2nd nationally (out of 450 schools) in 3-pointers made per game breaking their own school record this season when they averaged 11.6 3-pointers made per game. On February 11, 2012, the Leopards made national news when they broke the NCAA Division III record for most 3-pointers made in a single game with 26 threes in a convincing victory over conference rival Pomona-Pitzer College all while breaking numerous school records. This past season, the Leopards demonstrated how much they were embracing Coach Rogers’ philosophies as the team ranked 2nd nationally in scoring averaging 86.6 points per game. The Leopards are proving to be much more than an offensive juggernaut as the team ranked 14th in steals and 19th in turnover margin nationally making great strides on the defensive side of the ball.
Rogers arrived to La Verne in the summer of 2010 after enjoying a successful 9-year run leading the Saints Men’s Basketball program at Maryville University of St. Louis (MO). During his tenure, Rogers captured a pair of conference titles and earned two NCAA Division III postseason berths before helping the program transition to NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the 2009-10 season.
After taking over a last place team in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) in the 2001-02 season, Rogers needed only three seasons to completely turn around the Maryville men’s basketball program leading the team to the second and third NCAA postseason tournament berths in program history in 2003-04 and 2005-06. During his time at Maryville, his teams earned four SLIAC Conference Tournament berths, played in two SLIAC Tournament Championship games, won one SLIAC Tournament Championship, and won two Conference Championships. Coach Rogers’ teams hold numerous school records including most of the records related to 3-point shooting. During Coach Rogers’ tenure, he became the first men’s coach in the history of Maryville Athletics to lead two separate teams to the NCAA National Tournament. Rogers received SLIAC Coach of the Year honors in 2003-04 and was a co-recipient in 2005-06. Rogers also served as Interim Director of Athletics for 18 months from 2004-2005 while serving as Associate Director of Athletics from 2003-2009.
Prior to Maryville, Rogers served as the head boys’ basketball coach for one year and assistant boys’ basketball coach for two years at Whitfield School in St. Louis from 1998-2001. During his time at Whitfield, the boy's basketball team compiled a record of 70-16, including the 2000 Missouri Class 2A State Championship, one district championship and two undefeated conference championships. Six of Rogers’ players from those years went on to play collegiately at the NCAA Division I and II. Rogers also served as the Director of Athletics for Middle School programs while teaching English and Physical Education classes and serving as Assistant Baseball Coach.
His coaching experience also includes one year at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa in which the Fighting Bees advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament in the 1997-98 season.
Rogers earned his bachelor's degree in English with Secondary Education certification and a Coaching Endorsement from Coe College in 1997 after playing two seasons on the Kohawks’ men's basketball squad.
Coach Rogers and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of their 3-year old daughter, Kaia, and newborn son, Kade.