Baseball's Rodriguez Awarded Four-Year Contract Extension
Sept. 13, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - After leading the Pepperdine baseball team to the 2012 West Coast Conference championship, head coach Steve Rodriguez received a four-year contract extension that will take him through the 2016 season.
"I am grateful to Pepperdine's administration for the continued commitment that the school has made to both myself and the baseball program," said Rodriguez, a former Pepperdine All-American who is heading into his 10th season as head coach in 2013. "It's very special to be able to do this at my alma mater. I'm looking forward to continuing to build on this program's outstanding tradition for years to come."
The Waves were picked to finish fifth in the WCC preseason coaches' poll last season but instead won the league title for the first time since 2006, and then finished second at the NCAA Stanford Regional. Rodriguez was named the WCC's Coach of the Year for the first time.
"Steve Rodriguez is an outstanding representative of Pepperdine and its mission and he provides excellent leadership to our student-athletes," Potts said. "Continuity and stability are important to any program, so I'm pleased that Steve will be our head baseball coach for a 10th season this spring and for many years after that. He's coming off a great year, one of many that he's had with Pepperdine, and under his guidance I'm certain there will be many more to come."
Rodriguez was the starting second baseman on the Waves' 1992 NCAA championship-winning squad. He earned All-American honors from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in both 1991 and 1992, and was the WCC's Player of the Year in 1992. In 2007, the 40th anniversary of WCC baseball, Rodriguez was named to a list of the conference's top 40 players in history.
Following his junior season, he was taken in the fifth round of the MLB Draft by Boston. He broke into the big leagues with the Red Sox in 1995 and also played for the Detroit Tigers that year.
He returned to Pepperdine as an assistant coach prior to the 2000 season and after four years, he was elevated to the position of head coach. Rodriguez led the Waves to WCC titles in his first three seasons (2004-06) and to NCAA Regional appearances in his first five. In 2006, Pepperdine hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in the school's history.
Five of his players have been All-Americans, Zach Vincej won the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop and Waves have been named to All-WCC teams 63 times under his watch. Since he's been head coach, four of his former players have reached the Majors and his players have been drafted by MLB clubs 32 times.
Rodriguez' nine-year coaching record is 299-229. The Waves have made six NCAA Regional appearances during that time and reached the regional championship game in five of them. (note: as part of sanctions against the University, the NCAA later vacated 115 of those wins, two losses and one of the NCAA appearances).
The 2013 season begins in mid-February.