HCA Alumni Jeff Rogers Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame President and Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced the induction of soccer coach Mr. Jeff Rogers of Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Jeff was a student at Highlands while his dad was senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church (1978-1985), and he played for the Knights when they won the soccer state championship in 1982. Headmaster Ken Lopez coached Jeff, and he shares, “Jeff was an intelligent player who understood the game and always gave maximum effort. It has obviously translated into how he approaches coaching his own players. We are very proud of his accomplishments.”
Following his HCA graduation in 1982, Jeff attended and graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he played lacrosse. Rogers began coaching the Glendale High School Falcons boys soccer team in 1990. His boy’s soccer record is 10th best in state history at 474-164-32, and his soccer teams rank fourth overall in the state of Missouri.
According to MoSportsHallofFame.com: “…Rogers’ boys teams have had two state runner-up finishes, three fourth-place finishes, five state quarter-final championships, 12 state sectional championships, 20 district championships and 13 conference championships. The boys recently won their fourth consecutive district title.” Under his leadership the Glendale Falcons have had 43 All-State selections.
Mr. Jeff Rogers has also been privileged to coach Glendale High School’s Lady Falcons (girls soccer team). Their record is third best in state history at 352-140-34. He has coached the Lady Falcons since the school began their girls soccer program in 1996.
The Glendale High School girls soccer program has also been tremendously successful as the Lady Falcons placed third in the state in 2011 and fourth twice, in 2009 and 2012. They also have six state sectional championships, eight district championships, and nine conference championships. The Glendale High School Lady Falcons have had 24 All-State selections.
Coach Jeff Rogers was honored as the Regional Coach of the Year in 2008 as well as a National Coach of the Year finalist. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has awarded six of his players All-Midwest honors.
The HCA Administration, staff, and alumni congratulates Coach Jeff Rogers on his enshrinement in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.