Former UTSA standout Jessica Rogers is in her first season as an assistant coach. She guides the team's hitters and infielders.
"Jessica brings a vast amount of softball knowledge as well as an innate capability to teach the game to our student-athletes," fhead coach Michelle Cheatham said when she announced Rogers' hiring. "She is one of the best hitters to come through this program and her accolades speak for themselves. Her experiences both as a player and a coach will be very beneficial in bringing the championship mentality needed in this program to compete at a very high level in Conference USA."
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Lynn Hickey and Michelle Cheatham for giving me the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater," Rogers said. "I am extremely honored and excited to be back in San Antoio at the university that had a great influence on my life. As we move into Conference USA, I look forward to working with our student-athletes and helping them become successful both on and off the field."
Rogers comes to the Alamo City after serving the last 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.