Dan Rodgers was at the helm of the Carnegie Mellon University women's golf program in its first year of varsity collegiate competition in 2014-15 and led the program to its first NCAA bid in just its fourth year of competition in 2018.
The 2021 season saw the Tartans finish as runner-up at the NCAA Championships, the highest national finish for any team sport in school history. At the conclusion of the season, five golfers were named All-University Athletic Association (UAA) and WGCA All-Great Lakes Region with three named WGCA All-Americans for the second straight season. Rodgers also received his second straight Division III Golf Pride Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honor.
Rodgers' tenure began with a roster of seven freshmen and one upperclassmen. That class paved the way for accelerated success after six tournament victories in the first year of the program. The Tartans were introduced to top-level golf from the onset, as the UAA boasted two of the nations best. A freshman at the time, Summer Kitahara placed fifth at the UAA Championships. Kitahara continued to lead the Tartans for four years, finishing second at the UAA tournament her senior year while leading the team to an outstanding fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
The 2016 and 2017 teams won nine tournaments including the TaylorMade Invitational in 2017 which helped set the table for the 2018 season that witnessed the Tartans climb the national rankings. After second-place finishes at the NCAA Preview and the Washington and Lee Generals Invitational, and a third-place finish at NYU's invitational during the fall, Rodgers had the team set for a memorable spring. A steady spring season which included three victories against local universities and a second-place showing against nationally ranked teams at Williams, earned the program its first NCAA bid.
Alongside Kitahara's four All-UAA first-team honors and one All-Region accolade, Rodgers mentored Charlotte Simpson to an All-East Region honor as a freshman in 2018. Following the 2019 season, which saw the Tartans win the prestigious Jekyll Island Invitational, freshman Grace Chen earned the program's second UAA Rookie of the Year honor with three others garnering All-UAA selections. For the second straight season, Rodgers coached a freshman to an All-East Region honor, as Nadia Susanto became the third Tartan to collect the accolade.
Rodgers had the Tartans poised for long-term success in 2020 after guiding them to four major tournament wins and a number one ranking nationally, the first time a women’s athletic program has reached the top ranking in university history. At the end of the season Rodgers was honored as the Division III Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
The 2020 season also saw four golfers named All-UAA including the Rookie and Golfer of the Year, freshman Alexis Sudjianto. Three Tartans were named WGCA All-Great Lakes Region and three were named WGCA All-Americans for the first time in program history.
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.