Kathleen and James Rodriguez will begin their 10th season at the helm of the UTEP softball program in the 2012-2013 season.

The Miners finished the 2012 campaign with a 16-37 record. The Rodriguez's tutored UTEP's first-ever All-American, Camilla Carrera, who was tabbed to the NFCA First-Team. Carrera alongside teammate Chelsea Troupe were also named Easton All-Americans.

The Rodriguez's have had other notable accomplishments since starting the first softball program at UTEP. In 2007, the season was highlighted with a stunning doubleheader sweep of fifth-ranked Arizona State, which was UTEP's first win against a nationally ranked opponent. UTEP ended its 2010 season with a record of 31-24. The co-head coaches had their first 30-win season in 2008 with a 30-24 record.

During their illustrious career, they have coached three all-tournament honorees, four All-Americans, three conference players of the year, 36 All-Conference players, 31 Academic All-Conference honorees, 10 Academic All-District selections, 22 Academic All-Americans and two NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.

Named co-head coaches in the spring of 2003, they wasted no time in putting together a roster. In April, 2004 they announced UTEP's first-ever recruiting class, a group which featured seven freshmen and four junior college transfers.

On Nov. 4, 2003 UTEP officials unveiled plans for the $1.8 million Helen of Troy Softball Complex, the new home of the Miners which was completed in 2005. The field measures 200 feet down the left and right field lines, and 220 feet down the center. It is a 900-seat facility equipped with softball locker rooms, coaches' offices, a shower and restroom area, two lounge/video areas, a conference room, a meeting room, a reception area and a storage area.

Kathleen and James Rodriguez were co-head coaches at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M. from 2000-02, with Kathleen heading up the program during the 1998 season. Prior to ENMU they started up the softball program at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, leading the Mountaineers to the regional tournament in only their second year of existence. Kathleen began her coaching career as an assistant at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1995.

Together they guided Eastern New Mexico to a fifth-place national showing in 2001. The Zias were Lone Star Conference South Division and South Central Regional Champions, earning them league coach of the year and regional coaching honors. Eastern New Mexico's team grade point average rated among the nation's top 20 Division II schools in each of their last three years at the school.

A native of Santa Fe, N.M., Kathleen was a four-year starter for Saint Mary's University's national tournament team from 1991-94, playing catcher and third base. She was an All-State player at Santa Fe High School from 1988-90.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, James was a four-year starter for the St. Mary's University baseball team. A first baseman, he helped the Rattlers advance to the national tournament in 1993.

Kathleen and James have two sons, Ryan (15) and Aryn (11) and a daughter, Isabella (6).

Kathleen Rodriguez

Kathleen  Rodriguez

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
St. Mary's (Texas), 1994

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