Oct. 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team hired an assistant coach, head coach Pawel Gajdzik announced on Monday. Ben Rogers joins the staff after spending five years as the volunteer assistant at the University of Tennessee.
"I feel very fortunate to welcome Benjamin Rogers to the Purdue men's tennis program," said Gajdzik. "He brings a wealth of tennis knowledge and experience from his integral role of being a part of a nationally recognized program as a player and coach and from his time playing on the professional tour. I know Ben will be a great addition to the team and that he will have an immediate impact on the program."
As a member of the Tennessee coaching staff, Rogers helped lead the Volunteers to a 116-32 record since 2008. He helped coach an SEC Freshman of the year, two NCAA singles finalists, two ITA Doubles Teams of the Year, two NCAA doubles finalists, two SEC Players of the Year, an SEC Athlete of the Year, 11 All-Americans and numerous all-conference selections. Rogers helped lead the team to multiple “Sweet 16” appearances as well as a National Championship appearance in 2010 before falling to Southern California. Rogers was also a main contributor in recruiting with the Volunteers.
Rogers also worked at the Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy as a staff professional and coach for the last two years. There, he helped develop skip through instruction and physical training. He also worked as a travelling professional.
The new Boilermaker assistant has a career in professional tennis as well. Rogers has won six career Futures Doubles Titles and reached the semifinals in the Knoxville Challenger in 2007 for doubles. Earlier this year, Rogers reached his highest ATP doubles ranking of No. 487 in the world.
Prior to his professional career and coaching days, Rogers was a four year letterman for Tennessee from 2004-07. He helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament three times and win four tournament matches. Rogers earned All-SEC honors and was named an All-American in 2005 for his play in doubles. In 2006, the Kingsport, Tenn., native was named to the SEC Good Works team. The following year, Rogers was captain of the team and named to the SEC Community Service Team.
"All of us here at Tennessee want to wish Ben the best of luck in his new role," Tennessee head men's tennis coach Sam Winterbotham said. "It’s bittersweet, as Ben is a person of such high character and talent! He was building such great relationships with our players and will be sorely missed. But, we are also so happy for Ben as this is a great opportunity for him to learn under Coach Gajdzik. I am certain they will be a success together as Ben is very ambitious and committed to developing his players. I cannot thank Ben enough for his commitment to the Volunteers, and I am certain the Boilermaker family will feel the same soon."
Rogers officially starts with the Boilermakers today. He will look to help a squad that returns three juniors and two sophomores and adds a freshman.