Rodrigues tabbed as next men’s soccer coach

Randy Speer, The Circuit

The Benedictine men’s soccer team is now under the direction of Miguel Rodrigues, who was hired today to fill the vacancy left by Rob Herringer.

Prior to accepting the job at Benedictine, Rodrigues spent three years as the first assistant coach at Niagara Univerisity in Niagara, New York. He was also an assistant coach at Avila in 2012.

“We believe his experiences as a top assistant coach and player will help continue to grow the Men’s Soccer program and we look forward to what he will be able to do as a Raven,” Atheletic Director Charlie Gartenmeyer said in the press release.

Prior to coaching, Rogrigues played at NCAA Div. 1 University of Missouri – Kansas City from 2006-2008 where he was a two-year captain and a three-time All-MidCon/Summit League All-Academic selection.

Rodrigues started his coaching career with UMKC in 2010 as the Director of Soccer Operations.

“Having spent almost a decade playing and coaching in the Kansas City area, you are always aware of how the other programs are doing,” Rodrigues said. “You see the positive contributions of the alumni in the soccer community, and Benedictine’s on field success was evident.”

Rodrigues will have big shoes to fill replacing Herringer, who left as the winningest coach in the program’s history. Herringer is currently the Executive Director of the Elkhorn Soccer Club in Omaha, Nebraska.

Rodrigues inherits a team that went 9-7-1 and 4-5-1 in the Heart, but also returns a bulk of last year’s roster.

“Our fans can expect a hard-working, humble and passionate team,” Rodrigues said. “These are characteristics I attribute to a successful team culture.”