Joe Rogers, one of the most experienced and well-respected track and field coaches in the country, joined the Army staff in 2000 after a 16-year stint as the head coach at Ball State University. He has over 45 years of experience coaching track and field with 40 of those years at the collegiate level.
Primarily working with Army's jumpers and hurdlers, Rogers' athletes have established eight Academy records, including three by Jeff Weaver (indoor and outdoor long jump, outdoor triple jump), while also recording 96 marks which rank among the top 10 in West Point history. On the conference level, 63 Black Knights have captured individual Patriot League titles, including four-time 110-meter hurdles champion Domonick Sylve and eight-time winner Thomas Wagner.
Taylor Kensy (USMA `12) was Rogers' latest record breaker following his 500-meter performance at the IC4A Indoor Championships in 2012. Kensy snapped the 500-meter record which had been on the books since 1983.
Wagner also highlighted the indoor 2012 season by becoming just the second Black Knight in history to eclipse the high bar at seven feet. Wagner's height of 2.14 meters ranks second all-time in both indoor and outdoor competition. Wagner was also named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for outdoor track in 2012.
Rogers helped Sylve, originally a walk-on to the program, develop into an All-American high hurdler. Sylve, a seven-time Patriot League champion, three-time IC4A champion, and two-time NCAA semifinalist, capped his record-breaking career by earning second team All-America honors following an 11th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
In addition to owning the Academy records in the 110-meter high hurdles, 55-meter hurdles and 60-meter hurdles, Sylve established Patriot League Championship records in the 60- and 110-hurdles.
On the women's side, Rogers leads one of the most successful units of the Army track and field program. The Black Knight jumpers have taken home seven long jump belts, five triple jump trophies and three high jump crowns from the Patriot League Championships since Rogers took charge.
Five-time conference champion Tiffany Martin highlighted the 2005 indoor meet by establishing the Patriot League record in the jump which still ranks second all-time at the Academy.
Rogers' female hurdlers have been equally as successful, as Lauren Rowe set the Army record in the 60-meter hurdles against service academy rival Navy in 2003. Rowe, along with Tonya Stallard (three time), Hallie Huggins (2010) Katelin Grant (three time), and most recently Kaitlyn Love (2012), have all collected league titles in the hurdles.
The honors that Rogers garnered prior to joining the Army staff included being selected as the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1990. Following an outstanding 1990 campaign, Rogers was also selected as the NCAA District IV Coach of the Year. Additionally, he served as the Cardinals' cross country coach for 12 years, leading the 1989 team to a 19th place finish at the NCAA National meet and a 14th place ranking in the final NCAA poll.
Rogers also has international experience, coming first as the assistant manager for the USA team that competed in Bremen, Germany, against the West German team in 1985. He was also the head coach of the U.S. team that won a triangular running meet versus England and Kenya in 1990. Rogers served as the head manager on the U.S. Junior Pan-American team that competed in Santiago, Chile, in 1995. He was an assistant coach for the North team competing in the National Sports Festival in 1983 and was the head coach of the same team competing in the US Olympic Festival in 1987.
Rogers has served on various track and field and development committees within the USA Track and Field organization. He was a member of the original Coaches' Education Committee formed in 1984 and chaired it from 1992-1995. Rogers has also been a clinic speaker throughout the United States and has been a part of the curriculum development groups that formulated and revised the Level I and Level II Coaching Education Programs.
After earning his bachelor and master's degrees from Miami University, Rogers began coaching at the high school level, then took coaching positions at Hillsdale College and Olivet College in Michigan before taking over as head coach at Ball State.
Rogers and his wife, Irene, a teacher and coach at the West Point Middle School, reside in New Windsor, N.Y. They have a married son, Jason, who is Director of Emergency Services in Delaware County; a married daughter, Blythe, who lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.; as well as two grandchildren: granddaughter Makayla and grandson, Cameron.