After four years away, Brad Rogers has come home.
Rogers, a 1999 graduate of Oak Ridge High, who was an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at William Jessup University in Rocklin from 2009-2012, is returning to serve as an assistant coach at Jessup for the upcoming season.
“I’m so excited to have Brad back in the fold,” Jessup head basketball coach Lance Von Vogt said. “He allows us to move our program forward on and off the court. He knows what it takes to succeed. He’s very organized and the consummate professional. Brad is the total package. He checks all the boxes of what we’re looking for at Jessup.”
When Rogers left Jessup in 2012, he was drawn to the opportunity to coach at Arizona Christian, a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference.
“I played in the GSAC for San Diego Christian,” Rogers said. “The GSAC is rated as the top or in the top-two as the best conference in the NAIA. I was looking for a Christian school and the GSAC was the best opportunity to present that chance.”
Rogers assisted at Arizona Christian for three years from 2012-2015, where the team won 20-plus games every year, as well as reaching the NAIA Division I National Tournament each year, including the Sweet 16 in 2015.
Last year, he served as the head coach at first-year program Antelope Valley and led them to a 14-13 record. When the position opened at Jessup, now a member of the GSAC, Rogers, 35, was eager to come home.
“When I heard the full-time assistant coaching position was open, I was immediately highly interested,” Rogers said. “Lance is a great guy and has gotten the job done at a high level. The school is growing; majors are being added. The student body is growing. The Sacramento area is my home. I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Rogers will serve as the full-time assistant coach at Jessup, as well as the athletic coordinator, which is an administrative role.
“It’s sort of a dual role, but it’s mainly as a basketball coach,” Rogers said. “I’m looking forward to it.”