D-III Player Takes Her Career to the D-I Hoop
But it was her senior-year coach, Megan Duran, who guided Rogers along a path that has already included three Division I coaching positions since graduation.
Rogers, who played at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, recently began her first season as an assistant coach at Towson University of the Colonial Athletic Association.
“I told Coach Duran right away that I wanted to be a coach,” Rogers recalls. So Duran suggested that she take part in a 72-hour “So You Want to be a Coach” program backed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and held during the Final Four in St. Louis.
That helped Rogers land a two-year graduate assistant position at Clemson, a member of the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference. She then spent one season at Winthrop as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She joined the staff of head coach Joe Mathews at Towson prior to the 2012-13 campaign.
“I believe she will be very successful in the future due to her hunger and passion for this profession,” says Mathews, the Towson coach since 2001. “She has had great experiences and success in her young career.”
While Rogers admits she wasn’t the best player on the court, Duran says, “You don’t have to be the star to be a great coach. You have to love what you do and care about the kids you are coaching.”
Rogers, who served an internship with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA prior to her senior year at Washington, says she found out about the Towson opening online. “I knew I wanted to get back to the area. I got such an unbelievable opportunity to work at Clemson and Winthrop. But the whole time I was missing my family and friends,” she points out on the day her parents attended a Towson practice. “Towson is one of my favorite colleges. And the CAA is one of the best mid-major conferences in the country.”
The pre-season favorite this season in the CAA is Delaware, led by All-American Elena Delle Donne.