Boilermakers set to take on Northern Illinois and Ashland Sunday.
Pete Rogers is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Boilermaker grapplers after coming to Purdue from Lakeland College, where he served as the Muskies' head coach for nine years and vaulted them into the upper echelon of NCAA Division III Wrestling.
In his first year with the Old Gold and Black Rogers made an impact with the Purdue middle weights, including NCAA qualifiers Colton Salazar, Luke Manuel and A.J. Kissel. Rogers also played an instrumental role in the growth of 165-pounder Kyle Mosier, who led the team in reversals and finished second in falls.
In his time at Lakeland, located in Sheboygan, Wis., Rogers took the Muskie program from one that could barely field a roster to a pair of NCAA Division III Top-30 finishes in 2009 and 2010. In the 2007-08 season, Rogers led the squad to its first-ever national ranking in addition to a 13-5-1 dual record, a Northern Wrestling Association (NWA) title and mentored just the second NCAA Championship qualifier in school history in Paul Hartt. The Muskies also posted a 5-0 record that season against the rival and talented Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The following season, Rogers took Lakeland to a 21th-place finish at the NCAA Championships with Hartt and heavyweight standout Adam Sutter, and in 2010 Sutter became just the third All-America honoree in school history with a third-place showing at the national tournament as the Muskies placed 26th as a team.
Rogers is no stranger to the Big Ten Conference, having wrestled collegiately for Ohio State University from 1996-to-2000. A four-time varsity letterwinner, he was a team captain and had a third-place showing at the Big Ten Championships as a part of a 20-4 senior season. Rogers also led the team in pins as a junior and was named the Buckeyes' Most Dedicated Wrestler in his final year.
A native of Oostburg, Wis., Rogers has a master's degree in education from Lakeland and a bachelor's degree in sport and leisure studies from Ohio State. He and his wife, Brandi, have two children, Isabella and Gabriel.