Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

  • Title:
    W. Roy Phillips ’34 Wrestling Coach
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  • Alma Mater:
    Lock Haven '97
  • Experience:
    10th Season

Mike Rogers begins his 10th season as Franklin & Marshall's head wrestling coach in 2019-20. He has sent an F&M wrestler to the NCAA Tournament in seven of his nine seasons in Lancaster.

Under the tutelage of Rogers, Rick Durso '16 became the only two-time EIWA Champion in program history with gold-medal performances at the 2013 and 2016 championship meets. Rogers’ grapplers have accumulated 12 place winnings at the EIWA’s since 2011, including four in 2012 – which was the most since 1976 – and three in 2016. 

F&M wrestlers have made a name for the program on the national stage as well, highlighted by Durso’s eighth-place finish in 2014 to become the program’s first All-American since Craig Blackman in 1981. Durso went on to become the first four-time NCAA Qualifier in program history, finishing in the top-16 on three occasions in his illustrious career. 

A total of eight Diplomats have qualified for the NCAA’s under Rogers, including both Durso and heavyweight Antonio Pelusi '18 in 2016, marking the first time since 1994 that F&M had multiple student-athletes represented. Pelusi reached the sport's pinnacle Tournament three times - a feat unaccomplished by a member of his weight class throughout the program's 94-year history.

A two-time NCAA All-American, Rogers spent the 2009-10 season at American University as the head assistant coach. The Eagles produced three All-Americans and recorded its best NCAA finish in 14th place while posting the nation’s second-best grade point average. 

Rogers has spent the previous six years as the head coach of the Pennsylvania Junior Freestyle Team, which he guided to two junior freestyle championships. He also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lock Haven University, for seven years. 

Rogers spent three seasons as the head coach at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, Pa., from 1999-2002, leading the team to a 29-16 overall record. In 2001, Rogers was named the District 6 AAA Coach of the Year. 

A 1997 graduate of Lock Haven University, Rogers was a four-year member of the wrestling team and earned All-America status during his last two seasons. A three-time national championships qualifier, Rogers received the 1996 Gorrarian Award, recording the most pins in the least amount of time at nationals.

Rogers was also a two-time Eastern Wrestling League Champion and is one of seven Bald Eagles and one of 12 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to win four conference crowns. He is also one of only 14 wrestlers in Lock Haven history to reach 100 wins, recording a career mark of 112-28. A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Rogers was a Florida State Champion in 1992 and a national runner-up that same year during his high school career. 

Rogers received his B.A. in Special Education from Lock Haven University in 1997 and a Master's in Education in 2002. He and his wife, Danielle, have two sons, Caden, and Teagen.

Rogers File
  Overall EIWA Conference  
Year Won Loss Pct. Won Loss Pct. Accolades
2010-11 4 9 .308 1 6 .143  
2011-12 3 14 .176 1 6 .143 Four EIWA Placewinners
2012-13 7 9 .438 2 5 .286  
2013-14 7 6 .538 2 3 .400 First AA Since 1981, First Winning Record Since 2005
2014-15 3 8 .273 1 5 .167  
2015-16 6 12 .333 1 8 .111 Three EIWA Placewinners, Two NCAA Qualifiers
2016-17 4 9 .308 1 7 .125  
2017-18 4 11 .267 1 8 .111 One NCAA Qualifier
2018-19 3 10 .231 0 6 .000 Three EIWA Placewinners, One NCAA Qualifier
9 Seasons 41 88 .318 10 54 .156  

Updated 7/8/19 | BW