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William Rodriguez
William Rodriguez

Position:
Director of Operations

Experience:
2nd Year

Alma Mater:
Pepperdine '03

09/16/2012

Men's Water Polo Rallies to Beat Pacific for 7th at NorCal Tournament

Stephen Loomis scored multiple goals in all four games and led all Pepperdine players with 10 over the course of the weekend

09/15/2012

Men's Water Polo Opens NorCal Tournament With Win, Loss

Bence Valics was credited with a remarkable 21 saves in the win against the 49ers.

09/06/2012

Two-Time Olympian Moses Joins Waves' Coaching Staff

Merrill Moses helped lead Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and the United States to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.

10/20/2013

Men's Water Polo vs. Air Force (10/20/2013)

Photos of the Waves' 12-7 victory over Air Force at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

William "Willo" Rodriguez is no stranger to the men's water program, having been a two-year player for the Waves while now being in his fifth year as a member of the staff.

He previously served the team as an assistant coach in 2006 and 2007, then returned in 2012 and became the interim co-head coach. With the return of Dr. Terry Schroeder in 2013, Rodriguez became the team's Director of Operations.

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 national ranking as high as #4 during the regular season.

During his first stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Rodriguez 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 included 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.

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