Susan Rogers is generating Barnegat High College history upcoming month when she results in being the school’s initially mentor inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame.
Rogers was the ladies tennis mentor when the substantial college opened in 2004. 4 years later on, she took on the accountability of getting the 1st coach for women varsity golfing.
“When the higher college opened, the major challenge was to get women to go out for the tennis group,” she mentioned. “We started out as a junior varsity group and then went varsity in 2006. I experienced 12 players for that to start with calendar year and the emphasis in the starting was a lot more on instructing given that it was new to quite a few of the women.”
Her occupation history with the tennis staff is 187-153. They ended up Shore Meeting B-South division champions in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
“We have been able to have a tennis period,” mentioned Rogers of the previous college calendar year. “But we only had a 7 days of apply with the golfing group before the pandemic shut down spring sports.”
The 59-yr-aged Rogers is utilized at the significant university as a understanding professional for the little one analyze staff. She a graduate of James Caldwell Substantial College in Essex County, where she performed softball and served as a manager of the ladies basketball workforce. Her mentor there was Barbara Cordasco.
“She was my mentor,” claimed Rogers. “She taught me a ton about coaching. She was really properly geared up and wrote up everything about what would be carried out at practices. I however do that, write almost everything ahead of time about what we’ll be doing at follow.”
Rogers went on to Kean University in which she played softball. Right after graduation, she commenced her scholastic coaching job in 1984 at Cedar Grove Substantial Faculty where she led the JV girls basketball and softball groups.
In 1987, Rogers joined the Pinelands Regional district as head mentor of girls varsity softball. In 1988, she coached the junior varsity girls discipline hockey.
In 1989, Rogers took over the varsity girls tennis group and four decades afterwards, she began coaching the varsity boys tennis workforce. She held each positions by means of 2003, just before joining the Barnegat Superior College workers.
Her Pinelands girls team attained the Staff Sportsmanship Award in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1995. The boys group won the B-South Championship in 1999 and 2001.
“My involvement in athletics has been most gratifying and an integral part of professional everyday living,” reported Rogers. “Having been a deserving participant in conference championships, mentor of the year and sportsmanship awards is a testimony to my cultivation of crew spirit. Although I am incredibly very pleased of the groups I have coached, the most fulfilling factor of my athletics career was as Distinctive Olympics New Jersey tennis mentor, wherever I witnessed the endeavors of the young athletes as the New Jersey Unique Olympics coach at the 2018 Countrywide Video games in Seattle. I was a participant in the most emotionally uplifting function of my life span. Unquestionably, this nomination to the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame is a superlative honor and just one that enriches my expert athletic journey.”
John Germano, Barnegat Large University athletic director, mentioned that just before a Challenger Tennis program was designed locally, Rogers volunteered her have time to give tennis classes to those with exclusive demands.
“That is the form of man or woman she is, extremely caring and compassionate,” he reported. “As a coach, she shares her appreciate of tennis and golfing with the women. But to her, it is significantly a lot more than how you carry out on your own on the subject or the court, it’s also how you conduct your self off it. She stresses the great importance of etiquette to her players.”
Germano reported Rogers has also taken her tennis gamers to the see matches at the U.S. Open up in New York.
“When it will come to methods, she is the most organized and focused mentor I have ever been about,” he reported. “Susan is extremely significantly deserving of this honor.”
Germano reported Rogers will be inducted all through a virtual ceremony Sunday, Jan. 10. He explained the board of education and learning will also honor her on a date however to be introduced.
— Eric Englund