Freddy Rodriguez was named the first head baseball coach at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) on May 7, 2014. Rodriguez will lead the Saints’ baseball program in its inaugural season, which begins in spring 2015 through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as part of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). He started his position at OLLU on June 1, 2014.
Rodriguez came to OLLU from NAIA/RRAC opponent Texas College (TC), where he served as the head baseball coach for eight seasons (2006-2014) leading TC to six consecutive RRAC Championship Tournament appearances from 2009-2014. During his leadership at Texas College, Rodriguez was instrumental in the growth of the baseball program after successfully recruiting players from 18 different U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico. Rodriguez also served as an instructor at Texas College from 2008-2013 and was promoted to Athletic Director for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is committed and prides himself to high academic standards and graduation rates. Three of his teams earned the highest GPA among all other athletic programs at TC. He also boasted an 84-percent graduation rate among seniors who came through his program.
Some of the notable accomplishments for Rodriguez while at Texas College included a record-setting 2012 season, when his team set the school record for wins in a season, set a NAIA team national single-game record for hit batsmen in a game (13), and player, Matt McEuen, tied a national single-game record by hitting three triples in one game. Twenty of his players were named to the All-Conference team and six received Gold Glove awards. In addition, five of his former players are now college coaches: Matt Williams-Valdosta State and most notably, Mike Holochuck-Jarvis Christian College, and their assistants, Nick Pena and Jon Anderson, all of whom played under and coached alongside Rodriguez while at Texas College. Rodriguez has extensive collegiate summer-league coaching experience having spent one summer as assistant/hitting coach with the Dubuque Waves of the River Valley League in 2009, when he was named Assistant Coach of the Year and produced the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He also spent three summers coaching the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Collegiate League (TCL) from 2010-2012 serving as their hitting and third-base coach. During the summer of 2011, Rodriguez took over mid-season as interim head coach and was eventually named as their head coach for the summer of 2012. In his first season leading the Aces, Rodriguez guided them to their first TCL playoff appearance clinching a berth after winning the final game of the regular season. Under Rodriguez, the 2012 Aces produced four Major League Baseball draft picks: Derek Vaughn (Texas Wesleyan University-Tampa Bay Rays), Tyler Vail (Temple College-Atlanta Braves), Doug Votoloto (University of Central Arkansas-Texas Rangers) and Caleb Adams (UL Lafayette-Los Angekes Angels) with three other players signing professional contracts: Devin Malone, Garrett Vail and René Moreda. In February 2013, Rodriguez was announced as the head coach for the Woodlands Strykers; he later resigned to accept a full-time position as Athletic Director for Texas College in April 2013.
Community service and volunteer work serve a big part of Rodriguez’s beliefs having spent time working with the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, Habitat for Humanity-Smith County, Food Bank of East Texas and many other organizations while in Tyler, Texas. He is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and American Baseball Coaches Association.
A 1993 graduate of Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas, Rodriguez earned All-District honors and was a three-time Gold Glove recipient. Upon graduation, he went on to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to continue his playing career. He also attended Ranger College, where he played one season before moving to Tyler. Rodriguez earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Tyler Junior College (2000), a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler (2004) and a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine (2013). Rodriguez currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
|1||Emanuel Sanchez||JR||2B||R/R||5-3||135||Catano, Puerto Rico||Carmen Sol HS/Brown Mackie College|
|2||Darius Patton||SO||OF||L/R||5-9||175||San Antonio, Texas||Brennan HS/Wharton County JC|
|3||Anthony De Jesus||JR||C||R/R||5-9||180||Sugarland, Texas||University of Houston|
|4||Laiky Uribe||JR||C||R/R||5-11||205||Bronx, N.Y.||Taft HS/Galveston CC|
|5||Tyler Davis||JR||SS||R/R||5-7||140||Weatherford, Texas||Weatherford HS/Eastfield CC|
|7||Leudy Betancourt||JR||SS||R/R||5-11||180||Danbury, Conn.||Danbury HS/Monroe College|
|9||Chase Smith||SO||RHP||R/R||5-10||185||La Porte, Texas||La Porte HS/Ottawa Univ.|
|10||Jordan Hackett||FR||RHP||R/R||5-9||175||San Antonio, Texas||Communication Arts High School|
|11||Stephen Garcia||FR||INF||L/R||5-10||160||Los Angeles, Calif.||Clear Creek High School|
|13||Enrique Ruiz III||FR||OF||R/R||5-6||155||Helotes, Texas||Brandeis High School|
|15||Nicolas Casas||FR||INF||L/R||5-9||170||San Antonio, Texas||Central Catholic HS/NW Vista|
|16||Nicholas Campos||FR||LHP||L/L||6-2||180||Humble, Texas||Atascocita High School|
|18||Connor Kalisky||SO||OF||R/R||5-11||195||San Antonio, Texas||Marshall High School/UIW|
|19||Chad Leatherwood||FR||RHP||R/R||6-2||205||La Porte, Texas||La Porte HS/Alvin CC|
|23||Austin Gallego||JR||INF||R/R||6-0||185||Bryan, Texas||Bryan HS/Lincoln College|
|24||Joshua Razo||JR||1B||R/R||6-0||215||Pearland, Texas||Manvel HS/Frank Phillips JC|
|25||Dante Vigiletti||JR||OF||R/R||5-10||195||Corona, Calif.||Red Mountain HS/Tabor College|
|26||Jordan Seifert||FR||RHP||R/R||6-0||205||Houston, Texas||Cy Creek High School|
|27||Adam Jimenez||SO||OF||R/R||5-11||185||Waco, Texas||Reicher Catholic HSl/East Texas Bap|
|31||Rick Garcia Jr.||FR||RHP||R/R||5-11||175||Katy, Texas||Morton Ranch High School|
|33||Ivan Herrera||FR||3B||R/R||5-9||205||Edinburg, Texas||Edinburg HS/UTPA|
|34||Chance Evans||FR||C/RHP||L/R||6-0||190||Cleveland, Texas||Tarkington High School|
|37||David Marte||JR||RHP||R/R||5-11||190||Boston, Mass.||Brighton High School/Monroe College|
|39||Carlos Becerra||SO||RHP||L/R||5-10||198||San Antonio, Texas||Taft High School/Ranger College|
|41||John Garcia||FR||RHP||R/R||6-2||215||Victoria, Texas||Victoria East/Univ. of Houston-Vict|
|44||Max Cunningham||FR||RHP||R/R||6-3||240||Grand Prairie, Texas||Grand Prairie HS/Frank Phillips JC|