Jose Rodriguez begins his first season as a volunteer assistant rifle coach for the Miners.
Rodriguez is no stranger to the UTEP rifle program. He competed as a team member from 1980-81.
A competitive shooter since the age of 12, Rodriguez won the 300-yard bulls eye Texas Junior Championship in 1973. He went on to compete at Riverside High School from 1975-79 where he became the school district individual champion from 197 5-79 all the while competing at the Daisy Marksmanship Training Program.
Rodriguez has competed in smallbore and air rifle nationally and internationally. He is the past state Highpower/Hunter Metallic Silhouette Champion in the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
He is a current member of the United State Metallic Silhouette Association and team captain which is due to compete in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in September of 2006.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Rodriguez earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology from UTEP in 1987.
Rodriguez and his wife, Raquel, have a daughter, Karla and son Eduardo .