Bill Rogers is in his third year as the Director of Golf Development at UTSA after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.
The former PGA Player of the Year has helped tutor 21 all-conference performers and helped lead the programs to a combined 35 top-five finishes, including the back-to-back Southland Conference Championships for the women in 2011-12.
In his five-plus seasons with the men, Rogers has helped lead UTSA to 27 top-10 finishes, including seven top-five showings. The Roadrunners captured their first team championship in 10 years by winning the 2013 Rice Intercollegiate. He also has helped tutor six all-conference performers, including two-time honoree and 2011 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Ryan Werre, and three academic all-conference selections.
During his tenure with the women, Rogers has helped UTSA win seven tournaments, including the 2011 and 2012 Southland Conference Championships, and record 21 additional top-five finishes. The Roadrunners also have captured nine individual crowns, including a pair of Southland Conference titles by Allie Jordan (2009) and Shannon Jungman (2012). UTSA also has qualified for the NCAA Regionals the last three years, including the program’s first-ever at-large selection in 2013. He has helped tutor 15 all-conference honorees, including eight first-team selections, and a pair of Southland Golfers of the Year in Fabiola Arriaga (2012) and Paola Valerio (2011). Additionally, UTSA has collected four academic all-conference certificates and one Academic All-District selection (Valerio, 2011).
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.