Sept. 17, 2012
Rodriguez receives contract
extension at Pepperdine
guiding Pepperdine to West Coast Conference title this past
season, head coach Steve Rodriguez (left) has received a four-year
contract extension at his alma mater through the 2016 season.
The Waves were picked to finish fifth in the
preseason coaches’ poll, but captured the conference
championship for the first time since 2006 with a 16-8 league
mark. Rodriguez was named WCC Coach of the Year for the first
time. Pepperdine reached the championship game of the Stanford
Regional and finished the season with a 36-23 record.
Rodriguez is entering his 10th season as head
coach at Pepperdine and has posted a record of 299-229 in nine
campaigns. The Waves have played in six NCAA regionals under
Rodriguez, reaching the championship game five times.
An All-American second baseman at Pepperdine in
1991 and 1992, Rodriguez helped the Waves win the 1992 national
championship. He was the WCC Player of the Year in 1992 and was
taken in the fifth round of the MLB Draft that year by the
Boston Red Sox. Rodriguez played professionally for seven years.
He reached the Major Leagues with the Red Sox in 1995 and also
played for the Detroit Tigers that season.
Rodriguez returned to Pepperdine as an assistant
coach for the 2000 season and was an assistant for four years
before being promoted to head coach.
(photo courtesy of Pepperdine Media