NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2022) – Stevens Institute of Technology Director of Athletics Russell Rogers was honored with a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) at its 89th All-Met Haggerty Awards Dinner Monday evening.
Caldwell University Director of Athletics and head men’s basketball coach Mark Corino was also honored by the Met Basketball Writers at its annual dinner and ceremony, which returned to the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York for the first time since 2019. Both DSA recipients were honored by the MBWA for their meritorious years of service to the metropolitan area basketball community.
Rogers’ tenure has overseen an era of growth and development at Stevens, including an increase in varsity sports from 17 to 25 and a transition for the Ducks from the Empire 8 to the athletic department’s current home in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Under Rogers’ watch, the Ducks have won national championships in men’s volleyball, track and field, wrestling and swimming. Additionally, the school is just one of three institutions among 320 at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III levels (along with Williams College and Princeton University) to be named the ECAC Institution of the Year for excellence in academics and athletics on two different occasions. (2008, 2013).
Over the years, the Ducks’ men’s and women’s basketball teams have enjoyed success at the conference, regional, and national levels. This past season, Stevens men’s basketball team posted a 17-9 record and captured its second MAC Freedom title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. The Ducks have totaled six conference championships across men’s and women’s basketball under Rogers’ watch and have made a combined nine trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Rogers has prioritized the Ducks ‘placement in the Learfield Directors’ Cup. Under his leadership, Stevens has finished inside the top-45 in the last 11 final Division III standings. The Ducks were ranked 29th in the 2021-22 winter standings.
Among his many accolades, Rogers was lauded as the NACDA Division III Southeast Athletic Director of the Year in 2009 and the ECAC Division III Male Administrator of the Year in 2015, while also serving as President of the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey. On campus, Rogers has spearheaded the overall growth of the department, including an increase in varsity sport offerings, and facility improvements, such as the construction of the Stevens Wrestling Room, the renovation of the Stevens Tennis Courts and the construction of the DeBaun Athletic Complex. . More recently, Rogers oversaw the formation of department-wide committees to focus on student-athlete mental health, service and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Rogers earned his Bachelor’s degree in health and sport sciences from Wake Forest University. He then earned his Master’s from North Carolina-Chapel Hill in physical education, exercise and sport science with an emphasis on athletic administration.
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