Ward Rogers will serve as on an advisory role for the Franciscan men's soccer team beginning in the 2016 season after serving as the head coach for the last three seasons.
Under his guidance the last three years, the Barons are 15-34-2, including a 6-11-1 season in 2015.
In 2015, sophomore Leo Herrmann was named a NSCAA All-Region team honoree, marking the first in program history. Herrmann is the first student-athlete at Franciscan to garner an All-Region honor from their respective coach’s association.
As a team, the 2015 Barons set several records. FUS recorded a program-best 37 goals while adding 24 assists. The 85 points marks the most by a team in a season at FUS.
Rogers has guided six players to All-AMCC honors and a pair of major awards, including a pair of first team honors for Herrmann over the last two years. Herrmann was named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year in 2014 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2015.
In 2014, Rogers led the Barons to a 4-12-1 record. In his first season at the helm, Rogers helped the team to a 5-11 record, drastically improving on their 2013 record of 1-16.
Rogers attended Pennsylvania State University and completed his post-graduate work with Franciscan University and the University of Pittsburgh.
With over 29 years of coaching experience, Rogers has specialized in player development, team tactics and game strategy analysis. He has served as both a head coach and an assistant coach at the high school level, helped direct travel programs and developmental leagues, and is the president of an in-house league. Rogers participated in the original organization of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference high school soccer program and has attended coaching clinics at the state and national level.
Rogers is married with five children and is a market manager for air and water treatment for Calgon Carbon.