Bill Rogers who brings more than 30 years of experience to UTSA, is in his second season as the Director of Golf Development after serving the previous three years as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.
In his four-plus seasons with the men, the former PGA Player of the Year has helped lead UTSA to 19 top-10 finishes, including a quartet of top-five showings, and he also has tutored six All-Southland performers, including Ryan Werre, who was tabbed the 2011 Freshman of the Year.
Last season, Rogers helped lead the men to six top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place effort at the Rice Intercollegiate. In addition, he helped mentor Werre to second-team All-Southland honors after a seventh-place finish at the conference championship.
The Roadrunners posted four top-10 showings, including a fifth-place effort at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational and a seventh-place finish at the Southland Championship, in 2010-11. Werre, who posted three top-10 finishes during the year, including tying for third at the Southland Championship, earned third-team all-conference honors to go along with being tabbed the circuit’s Freshman of the Year, while Lewis Chong, who was ninth at the Southland Championship was an honorable mention all-league pick.
In 2009-10, he helped lead a young squad to three top-10 finishes, which included a season-best seventh-place showing at the Southland Championship. Emiliano Martinez and Nicko Dodd both picked up honorable mention all-conference accolades.
In his first season in the Alamo City, Rogers played a key role in helping the Roadrunners to four top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-five showings. UTSA recorded its best outing of the year with a fourth-place effort at the Southland Championship. Meanwhile, Kyle Collins earned second-team all-conference accolades after finishing fourth at the league tournament.
In his three seasons as an assistant with the women, Rogers coached 11 All-Southland Conference honorees, including four first-team selections. Paola Valerio was named the 2010-11 Southland Player of the Year, while Fabiola Arriaga earned Freshman of the Year accolades. Since his arrival in 2008, Rogers has helped the Roadrunners improve their stroke average by 12 swings and Valerio set a then-single-season record with a 75.25 average in 2010-11.
Rogers was a vital part of UTSA’s success in 2010-11, as the squad captured its first-ever Southland Championship and made its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance. Along with Valerio and Arriaga, Summer Batiste and Taylor Newlin earned second-team honors for a Southland-record four all-league picks. The Roadrunners turned in record rounds at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships when Valerio shot a school-record 66 while the team’s scores for an 18-holes (287) and 54-holes (886) also set program marks.
In 2009-10, Rogers proved to be a valuable asset for the Roadrunners, as they collected the program’s second team title at the Northern Migration Invitational. Valerio won her first collegiate individual medal at the Husky Invitational and he helped lead Shelly Martinez and Valerio to first-team all-conference honors, while Batiste garnered second-team mention.
As a first-year assistant, Rogers played an instrumental role in UTSA’s success during the 2008-09 season. The Roadrunners recorded seven top-five finishes to go along with three individual titles and the program’s first-ever team title at the Stripes Islanders Spring Classic.
Rogers is a former PGA Tour member who began his career in 1974. He collected 14 tour wins that featured six PGA wins and eight international victories during his 14-year career, including the 1981 British Open. His first pro win came on the Japan Golf Tour at the 1977 Pacific Masters and he then won his first PGA event a year later at the Bob Hope Desert Classic by a two-stroke margin over Jerry McGee. The following year, he won the Suntory World Match Play Championship and the Suntory Open. Rogers last PGA win came at the USF&G Classic on March 20, 1983.
Rogers put together his best season in 1981. He was named the PGA Player of the Year after seven tournament triumphs, including four PGA victories at the British Open, Sea Pines Heritage, World Series of Golf and Texas Open. Rogers also finished runner-up at the U.S. Open. He capped off the season as a winning member of the 1981 Ryder Cup team, and 10 years later, he guided the Ryder Cup team to victory as an assistant coach.
Prior to his professional career, Rogers was a four-year letterwinner at Houston, where he earned first-team All-America honors in 1973. He later was inducted into the Houston Cougars Hall of Fame in 1987.
Rogers was a board member of Golf San Antonio and the Director of Golf at the San Antonio Country Club from 1990-2000. He also brought the American Junior Golf Association to San Antonio and played a key role in the development of Briggs Ranch Golf Club. Rogers was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1995 and San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.