Jan. 4, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Head coach Steve Rodriguez, who has guided the Pepperdine baseball team to three consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, has signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2012 season, Director of Athletics John Watson announced on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"I am delighted to announce the signing of Steve to a contract extension and happy about his willingness and desire to make a long-term commitment to Pepperdine," Watson said. "During his three years as head coach, Steve has demonstrated a passion for his job and the University and has worked diligently to keep Pepperdine competitive at the national level and a regular participant in post-season play."
In three seasons as head coach, Rodriguez has compiled an overall record of 113-76 (.598), including a 55-26 (.679) mark in West Coast Conference (WCC) play, while guiding the Waves to three straight conference titles. Additionally, Pepperdine has reached the championship game of a regional each year and the 2006 season marked a program first when the Waves hosted their first-ever regional.
Rodriguez' success has gone beyond the playing field as he has been instrumental in fundraising which has been enabled Pepperdine to add chair back stadium seats to Eddy D. Field Stadium in 2003 and a new state-of-the-art scoreboard that was installed this past off-season and will be in operation for the 2007 season.
A two-time All-American and member of Pepperdine's 1992 national championship team, Rodriguez annually hosts two fundraising golf tournaments, including the Big League Golf Experience that is held each January at the prestigious Sherwood Country Club in nearby Thousand Oaks.
"I am very thankful that John Watson has the faith in me to extend my contract," Rodriguez said. "I am very passionate about Pepperdine and have fond memories of my time here as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
"It was an easy decision for me to make a long-term commitment to Pepperdine and continue the work of keeping the Waves competitive at the national level and reaching the ultimate goal of advancing to the College World Series," Rodriguez added.
Pepperdine enters 2007 ranked No. 19 nationally by Collegiate Baseball and opens the season February 3 at UNLV.