Tech Names Kevin Rogers as Quarterbacks Coach
William & Mary grad has 24 years experience as a collegiate coach
December 20, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Kevin Rogers, who served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame the past three seasons, has accepted the position of quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech. Rogers is scheduled to begin his duties in January, following Tech's game against Florida State in the Toyota Gator Bowl.

Rogers replaces Rickey Bustle who resigned as Virginia Tech's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator last week to accept the head coaching position at Louisiana-Lafayette. Offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring was named the Hokies' offensive coordinator on Dec. 13.

"When you look around the country at the programs that have been successful year-in and year-out you see Virginia Tech," Rogers said. "I'm really excited, not only to have the opportunity to be a part of this program and staff, but also to be able to work for a man like Frank Beamer."

"We feel very fortunate Kevin Rogers is joining our staff," said head football coach Frank Beamer. "Donovan McNabb credits Kevin for helping him become the quarterback that he is, and I know he can do the same for our quarterbacks here at Virginia Tech. He has a great reputation as a coach and a recruiter. I think we have made a great addition to our staff."

Rogers is no stranger to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is a 1974 graduate of William & Mary and began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach from 1974-76.

Prior to his three-year stint at Notre Dame, Rogers served as the quarterbacks coach for eight seasons at Syracuse under head coach Paul Pasqualoni. His final two years at SU, Rogers was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, as well as the quarterbacks coach.

Rogers' star pupil at Syracuse was quarterback Donovan McNabb, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year three straight seasons (he shared the award in '96). McNabb broke most of Syracuse's passing records which had been held by another of Rogers' proteges, Marvin Graves, who ranked second nationally in passing in 1992. McNabb was the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Not only is Coach Rogers a great coach, but he was a father figure for me in college and is now," said McNabb. "He is a coach I dearly care about, and one who cares about his players. He is willing to do the extra work in order to put his quarterback in the best possible position. Coach Rogers is basically one of the main reasons why I am the type of player I am today."

Before his tenure at Syracuse, Rogers spent eight seasons on the Navy staff coaching a variety of positions - tight ends and offensive tackles in '83, tight ends and wide receivers in '84-'85, defensive backs in '86, running backs in '87-'88 and quarterbacks in '89-90.

Rogers' other college coaching credits include running backs coach at William & Mary from 1980-82 and defensive line coach at Ohio State in 1977-78 under Woody Hayes. He also served as head coach at Mainland (Fla.) High School in 1979.

Rogers has been involved in nine postseason bowl games as an assistant coach and has coached a number of All-Americans and National Football League players in his career, including McNabb, Qadry Ismail, Aaron Brown and Napolean McCallum.

Rogers was a three-year letterman as a linebacker at William & Mary where he earned a degree in physical education. He earned a master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio State in 1978.

Born Sept. 7, 1951, Rogers and his wife Betty are parents of three children - Kevin (was a quarterback at Villanova; now an intern for the Indianapolis Colts), Megan (a sophomore at Notre Dame and a member of the women's soccer team) and Ryan.

The Kevin Rogers Coaching File
Year  School                              Assignment
1974  Bayside (Va.) High School           Assistant Coach
1975  Bayside (Va.) High School           Assistant Coach
1976  Bayside (Va.) High School           Assistant Coach
1977  Ohio State (9-3, Sugar Bowl)        Defensive Line
1978  Ohio State (7-4-1, Gator Bowl)      Defensive Line
1979  Mainland (Fla.) High School	        Head Coach
1980  William & Mary                      Running Backs
1981  William & Mary                      Running Backs
1982  William & Mary                      Running Backs
1983  Navy                                Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles
1984  Navy                                Tight Ends/Wide Receivers
1985  Navy                                Tight Ends/Wide Receivers
1986  Navy                                Defensive Backs
1987  Navy                                Running Backs
1988  Navy                                Running Backs
1989  Navy                                Quarterbacks
1990  Navy                                Quarterbacks
1991  Syracuse (10-2, Hall of Fame Bowl)  Quarterbacks
1992  Syracuse (10-2, Fiesta Bowl)        Quarterbacks
1993  Syracuse (6-4-1)                    Quarterbacks
1994  Syracuse (7-4)                      Quarterbacks
1995  Syracuse (9-3, Gator Bowl)          Asst. Head Coach, Quarterbacks,
                                          Recruiting Coordinator
1996  Syracuse (9-3, Liberty Bowl)        Asst. Head Coach, Quarterbacks,
                                          Recruiting Coordinator
1997  Syracuse (9-4, Fiesta Bowl)         Offensive Coordinator, Asst.
                                          Head Coach, Quarterbacks,
                                          Recruiting Coordinator
1998  Syracuse (8-4, Orange Bowl)         Offensive Coordinator, Asst.
                                          Head Coach, Quarterbacks
1999  Notre Dame (5-7)                    Offensive Coordinator,
                                          Quarterbacks
2000  Notre Dame (9-3, Fiesta Bowl)       Offensive Coordinator,
                                          Quarterbacks
2001  Notre Dame (5-6)                    Offensive Coordinator,
                                          Quarterbacks