02/12/2014 – Aquinas College Athletic Director, Terry Bocian, announced that Rodger Garner will take over the head coaching duties of the women’s soccer program. Garner, who recently had been working with the men’s & women’s soccer programs, will take over for the recently retired, Mark Fales. Garner brings a wealth of knowledge and over 30 years of experience in the sport.
Bocian states, “The Aquinas College Athletic Department is pleased that Coach Garner will be taking over. Rodger has a long history of working with both the women's and men's teams through the years in an assistant coaching capacity. His son Matt was a two sport athlete at Aquinas (tennis and soccer), earning Academic All-American honors in both sports. Garner has a keen insight into the Aquinas experience and the emphasis that we place on true student-athletes. His soccer background speaks for itself.”
Rodger’s started coaching with the Saints in 2002 and his resume is loaded with championships and honors. Garner was a part of four high school state championship squads and he has guided two teams to “State Cup” championships. Rodger coached in the National Professional Soccer League and also was on the coaching staff of the Michigan Olympic Development program. Garner also has been the director of coaching for four different youth clubs.
Garner comments, “I am very excited to be given this opportunity. The program has been successful and I hope to continue the great tradition of soccer here at Aquinas College. I have been lucky to coach with some of the best coaches anywhere. I truly believe Aquinas College offers the best blend of academics and athletics that can be found anywhere.”