Dan Rodgers
Dan Rodgers
  • Title:
    Head Coach
  • Phone:
    412-268-2213
  • Email:
    rodgersd@andrew.cmu.edu
  • Previous College:
    Slippery Rock, '04
  • Bachelor's Degree:
    Business Management
  • Graduate School:
    California Pa., '10
  • Master's Degree:
    Sports Management

Bio

Dan Rodgers joined the men's golf program as assistant coach in 2014-15 before being named head coach for the 2016-17 season. Rodgers also serves as the head coach of the women's golf team which competed in its first year of varsity collegiate competition in 2014-15.

The 2021 season was the best in program history to date. The Tartans received the program's fourth bid to the NCAA Championships where they finished fourth, the highest finish in program history. Carnegie Mellon had two that placed within the top 10 individually at the NCAA Championships, Jason Folker finished seventh and Jason eighth. Folker's finish was the program's highest for an individual at the championships. For the second straight season, four golfers were named to PING Mid-Atlantic All-Region and three were named PING All-America. It marked the third straight season Li was named a PING First Team All-American and Rodgers was named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honor. It was also the fourth time overall Rodgers received the accolade. Li became the sixth men's golfer to be named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America as well and first under Rodger's.

In his first season as head coach of the men, Rodgers was named the Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year after the team earned the program's second bid to the NCAA Championships where they finished 31st. Senior George Qian earned his third PING All-America honor while placing 30th individually at the NCAA Championships.

The 2018 squad played the majority of the season ranked in the top 25 and finished second and third at two of the nations biggest tournaments during the fall. Freshman Jason Li earned UAA Rookie of the Year honors, was named PING All-Region, and was a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award.

In 2019, the Tartans received the program's third bid to the NCAA Championships where they finished 11th and Jason Li placed 11th individually at the NCAA Championships. Li also became the first Tartan to be named a PING First Team All-American while Rodgers garnered his second Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honor.

While the 2020 season was cut short it was impressive none the less. Three men’s golfers were named to the All-UAA team, with junior Jason Li earning UAA Player of the Year and freshman Raymond Li earning Rookie of the Year honors. Four golfers were named to PING Mid-Atlantic All-Region and three were named PING All-America. The season was capped with Rodgers being named a finalist for the NCAA Division III Dave Williams Award which honors the men’s national coach of the year.

Rodgers worked as the Head Golf Professional at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club in Sewickley, Pa. from 2015-16 and was the 1st Assistant Golf Professional from 2009-15. He managed a staff of nearly 20, trained golf operations professionals, supervised tournaments and taught clinics and lessons. Rodgers has also worked at the Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, Pa., and Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray, Pa. In 2008, he was elected as a PGA Professional and has been actively involved in tournament participation, including a 20th-place finish on the 2013 Tri-State PGA point list and a victory at the 2011 Tri-State PGA Assistants Championship. He also played in the 2011 and 2014 PGA National Championships and 2011 PGA National Assistant Championship.

Rodgers most recently finished tied for third at the 2019 Tri-State PGA Section Championship which qualified him for the 2020 PGA Professional Championship which was to be held at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, he placed sixth at the West Penn Open held at Oakmont Country Club after placing in the top 10 at the 2016 West Penn Open held at The Longue Vue Club, the home of the Tartans.

Rodgers is a 2004 graduate of Slippery Rock University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. While at Slippery Rock, he was a three-year letter winner and a two-year captain for the golf team. Rodgers earned a Master of Science in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a concentration in intercollegiate athletic administration.