Lloyd Rogers, former wrestler at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Hawkeye Wrestling Club, is the newest member of the coaching staff at Navy, the Annapolis-based service academy announced Thursday.
A native of Palm City, Fla., Rogers made a name for himself as a wrestler at UTC, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier at 174 pounds. In addition, he was a Southern Conference champion and the 2008 Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year.
Rogers also brings freestyle wrestling credentials to the U.S. Naval Academy. Among his accomplishments: he won the 2009 University Nationals championship after being a runner-up the previous year.
In addition, Rogers offers the experience of working with one of the most respected collegiate mat programs in the nation, as an intern with the University of Iowa wrestling program. While at Iowa City, Rogers was involved in all aspects of the program including sitting on the committee for the Dirty Hawk Mudder, the Hawkeye Wrestling Club fundraiser. What's more, Rogers served as the Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club coach for the last year and was a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club from 2009 to 2013.
“We’re excited about the addition of Lloyd to our wrestling program,” said Antonelli, who begins his eighth season at the Naval Academy and first as interim head coach. “Lloyd brings an intensity, coaching philosophy and winning attitude that is a perfect fit for the Navy wrestling program. Our upper weights will benefit greatly from his senior level experience and attitude.”
‘I’m excited to have the opportunity to work at the Naval Academy,” said Rogers. “Coaching wrestling at the Division I level is something I have aspired to do for many years. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career as a wrestler to have learned from some great coaches and in turn it has helped prepare me to become a coach at the highest level.
“I have great respect and admiration for what our wrestlers are committed to doing upon graduation and embrace what the academies, the Navy and the Marine Corps stand for,” added Rogers. “If we can take that mentality and translate it to the mat, along with wrestling with our focus on scoring points, I believe we will have great success. I am looking forward to working with Coach Antonelli, Coach Song and the entire Navy wrestling support staff in continuing the great tradition that is Navy wrestling.”
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