Photos of the Waves' 12-7 victory over Air Force at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
William Rodriguez returned to the Pepperdine men's water polo coaching staff in July 2012, though he's no stranger to the program. He was a two-year player for the Waves and previously served as an assistant coach in 2006 and 2007.
Rodriguez will serve as the Director of Operations under his former head coach at Pepperdine, Dr. Terry Schroeder, starting in the 2013 campaign. As the interim co-head coach of the Waves in 2012, Rodriguez helped Pepperdine to an 11-13 overall record and the team achieved a No. 4 national ranking during the regular season.
During his first stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Rodriguez (known more familiarly around the pool as `Willo') helped the Waves to an overall record of 40-27 and a pair of national top-10 rankings. Rodriguez stayed within the collegiate water polo coaching fold since leaving Pepperdine, spending the 2009-10 season as the assistant women's water polo coach at Rio Hondo College and the 2010-12 seasons as an assistant men's and women's water polo coach at USC (the Trojans won two national championships during that time).
During his two-season playing career at Pepperdine in 2001 and 2002, Rodriguez was known as one of the team's top drivers and helped the Waves compile a 30-16 overall record. The 2002 campaign saw the Waves post a 16-10 overall record and a first-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 7-1 mark. The Waves ended that year with a #3 national ranking.
Prior to his two seasons at Pepperdine, Rodriguez led West Valley College, located in Saratoga, Calif., to consecutive state championships while earning All-American honors. A standout performer both before and after his collegiate career, Rodriguez earned a spot on the 1995 Puerto Rican Junior National team. In 2003, he competed with the Puerto Rican National Team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil.
Some of his numerous stops in the international water polo circuit include Spain, Croatia, Cuba, Brazil and Greece. Rodriguez graduated from Pepperdine in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in international studies and earned a master's degree from Azusa Pacific in physical education in 2010. He continues to pursue a doctorate in educational organizational leadership from Pepperdine.