A proven teacher, Rogers was instrumental in the development of freshman quarterback sensation Matt LoVecchio, who led the Irish to seven straight victories to end the 2000 regular season and set the Notre Dame record for interception avoidance percentage at .0080 (1 INT in 125 attempts). In addition to LoVecchio, Rogers has two diamonds in the rough who could make significant contributions in sophomores Jared Clark and Carlyle Holiday.
In 1999, Rogers led an Irish offense that broke the school single-season record for total passing yards (2,858), completions (192) and attempts (332). Rogers helped quarterback Jarious Jackson set school single-season records for passing attempts (316), completions (184) and passing yardage (2,753). Jackson was a seventh-round pick in the ?00 National Football League draft by the Denver Broncos and led the Barcelona Dragons to the championship game of the World League in 2001.
Notre Dame?s ?99 total offense was ranked 19th in the country at 419.67 yards per game.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Rogers served as an assistant coach at Syracuse under head coach Paul Pasqualoni for eight seasons, the final two as offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and quarterback coach.
Rogers came to Notre Dame as director of one of the most productive offenses in the country. The Orangemen ranked third nationally in 1998 in scoring at 42.5 points per game ? while also ranking 10th in the country in rushing (228.4 yards per game), 22nd in total offense (430.0) and leading the BIG EAST Conference in passing efficiency.
Rogers? star pupil had been quarterback Donovan McNabb, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year three straight seasons (he shared the award in ?96). McNabb was the second overall pick in the ?99 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
McNabb led the Orange to their third straight BIG EAST title in ?98 while also setting BIG EAST career records for passing yards (8,389), touchdown passes (77) and total offense yards (9,950). He ranked sixth nationally in passing efficiency in ?98 (158.9) as the first player in league history to win all-BIG EAST first-team honors four times. McNabb broke most all of Syracuse?s passing records held by another of Rogers? proteges, Marvin Graves, who ranked second nationally in passing in 1992.
Rogers? first season as Syracuse offensive coordinator in ?97 saw the Orange set school records for points (423 ? reset in ?98 with 468), total offense yards (5,127) and passing yards (2,710). He first joined the Syracuse staff in 1991 as quarterback coach, was named assistant head coach in 1995, served as recruiting coordinator from 1995-97 and was named offensive coordinator in ?97.
While at Syracuse, Rogers saw the Orange finish in the final Associated Press top 25 on six occasions ? 11th in 1991, sixth in ?92, 19th in ?95, 21st in both ?96 and ?97 and 25th in ?98. Syracuse claimed a share of the BIG EAST Conference title in ?96 and won it outright in ?97 and ?98.
Before his tenure at Syracuse, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native 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. During his last two seasons with the Middies, he coached quarterback Alton Grizzard, Navy?s all-time total offense leader.
Rogers? other college coaching credits include running back 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 and was an assistant at Bayside (Va.) High School from 1974-76.
Rogers has been involved in nine postseason bowl games as an assistant coach and has coached a number of All-Americans and National Football Leagie players in his career including Qadry Ismail, Aaron Brown and Napolean McCallum.
A 1974 William & Mary graduate with a degree in physical education, he earned three letters as a linebacker while also competing in baseball. He earned a master?s degree in athletic administration from Ohio State in 1978. He is a graduate of Sparta (N.J.) High School.
Born Sept. 7, 1951, he and his wife Betty are parents of three children ? Kevin (a quarterback at Villanova), Megan (a sophomore at Notre Dame and a member of the women's soccer team) and Ryan.
The Kevin Rogers Coaching File
|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|
|1991||Syracuse (10-2, Hall of Fame Bowl)||Quarterbacks|
|1992||Syracuse (10-2, Fiesta Bowl)||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,|
|Year||?||Quarterbacks, Recruiting Coordinator|
|1998||Syracuse (8-4, Orange Bowl)||Offensive Coordinator, Asst. Head Coach, Quarterbacks|
|1999||Notre Dame||Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks|
|2000||NotreDame (9-3, Fiesta Bowl)||Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks|