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Jessica Rogers
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: UTSA
Graduating Year: 2006

Former UTSA standout Jessica Rogers is in her second season as an assistant coach. She guides the team's hitters and infielders.

The best power hitter in Roadrunners history, Rogers wasted no time in bringing some pop back to the UTSA bats last season.

UTSA led Conference USA with 71 home runs and ranked eighth in the nation by crushing 1.31 round-trippers per game. The Roadrunners offense racked up 242 runs, which along with its 71 homers were the most since the 2007 season. The Birds hit seven grand slams during the campaign and in just the second game of the season, UTSA tied an NCAA record with two grand slams in an inning.

The power surge was led by Jori Fox and Megan Low, who were the only C-USA teammates to produce at least 40 RBIs in the regular season. The pair earned first-team all-conference honors, while Low also picked up second-team All-South Region laurels from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Low slugged 22 homers (2nd most in program history behind Rogers’ 23 in 2005) and finished the regular season tied for the nation’s lead in that category after holding the top spot for six consecutive weeks.

Under Rogers’ tutelage, Low made the transition from catcher to first base and played the position for the first time in her career. She went on to record a .986 fielding percentage, which was tops among regular starters, with just four errors at the position.

Rogers came to the Alamo City after serving three years as an assistant at Idaho State.

While with the Bengals, Rogers coached 17 All-Big Sky performers, including two Big Sky Player of the Year honorees and a Freshman of the Year winner. After being picked to finish last in the league last season, Idaho State finished with its first winning mark since the program resumed in 2007 and claimed the inaugural Big Sky regular-season title.

With Rogers in charge of the position players and hitters, the Bengals finished among the nation’s best in slugging percentage (5th/.552), home runs per game (7th/1.50) and batting average (8th/.329). Vicky Galasso earned Big Sky Player of the Year honors and finished sixth in slugging percentage (.876), seventh in batting average (.461) and 10th in RBIs per game (0.35).

Prior to her time in Pocatello, Idaho, Rogers was an assistant coach at St. Edward’s (2008-09) and was a volunteer assistant for the Roadrunners (2007-08).

As a player, Rogers rewrote the UTSA and Southland Conference record books.

One of just two players in program history to have their jersey retired, she was a three-time NFCA All-Region honoree (2004-05, ’07) and four-time first-team All-Southland pick along with Southland Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year laurels in 2005. She still owns school records for career runs (169), hits (281), home runs (69) and RBIs (192) and single-season marks for homers (23/2005) and RBIs (64/2005). Her career marks for round-trippers and RBIs also are Southland records, while her career .384 batting average ranks second in school history.

In addition to her work on the field, Rogers was recognized multiple times for her achievements in the classroom. The Grand Prairie native was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First Team in 2005 and Third Team in 2007, as well as being a three-time first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI selection (2005-07). She was named Southland Softball Student-Athlete of the Year three times (2005-07) and was one of 20 national finalists for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Rogers was an eight-time UTSA Dean’s List honoree.

Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in December 2006 and her master’s degree in August 2008, both at UTSA.

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