Rod, a North Alabama native, has lived in the Auburn area since 1991. Athletics have always been a major part of Rod's life and he knew early on that he would coach youth sports. When Rod began coaching youth soccer in 2005 he knew he'd found his calling. He has been with the Thunder family since 2013.
Rod has a BS in Physical Science. He holds a USSF D license, NSCAA Youth 2 and NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 diploma. He values a guided discovery style of coaching that builds player confidence and requires players to take ownership of their performance.
Although, Rod has coached numerous teams to state league and tournament victories, he takes the most pride in having guided players toward greater self-assurance and becoming better teammates over the course of each season.