|Alma Mater:||Maryland '94|
Recently, Maryland has exploded onto the regional and national scene. This past season the Terps headed to the NCAA regional tournament in Stanford, Calif., after having made two straight NCAA regional appearances in 2007 and 2006. Maryland has also played well in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. In 2010 and 2011 they recorded back-to-back sixth-place finishes at the ACC Tournament. The Terrapins have put at least one player in the top 20 in nine of the last 10 tournaments. Over the last four seasons, Maryland has won seven team championships after winning three titles in the first seven years of the program.
The women's golf team reached its first NCAA postseason event in Spring 2006, finishing 14th of 21 teams at the NCAA East Regional in Browns Summit, N.C. Maryland also placed fourth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the Terrapins' best finish in the league tournament in the program's history.
A former Terrapin player and assistant coach for the university's men's golf team, Rodenhaver was selected to oversee the women's golf program on Nov. 19, 1998. It was then he began the enviable task of building a brand new program that launched during the fall of 1999. A professional golfer, Rodenhaver enthusiastically made the move to the coaching ranks and has created a new era at the University of Maryland.
With his sights set firmly on developing a solid foundation for the program, Rodenhaver has been given the resources necessary to compete at the national level. His playing and coaching experiences coupled with his competitive spirit and drive to be successful can mean only one thing for the women's golf program at Maryland: eventual long-term success.
Under his guidance, the Terps made their presence known in only their second full season, tying for first place at the James Madison Lady Dukes Invitational in April 2001. On numerous occasions in the following seasons, Terrapin golfers have won or shared individual tournament titles.
Rodenhaver was the assistant men's golf coach at Maryland and an assistant golf professional at the University of Maryland Golf Course when he was named to lead the newly created women's program.
"Clearly, Jason was the most qualified and the best fit for his role of our new head coach," said director of athletics Deborah A. Yow upon Rodenhaver's appointment. "Given his level of familiarity with the university and the local golf community, he will jump-start our women's golf program, with the long-range goal of becoming a top-20 team. Women's golf is our 13th sport for female student-athletes. Its addition is the capstone to our six-year gender equity plan."
On the course, Rodenhaver has co-directed Maryland's summer camp for junior golfers and was tournament director of the State Farm Collegiate Players Tour, held at the University of Maryland Golf Course, from 1994-1998. He also organized the UM golf team reunion tournament in 1998 which helped raise $15,000 for the program.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland, Rodenhaver played three seasons for the Terps and led the team to a fifth-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1994. The finish was Maryland's highest in the conference championship since 1978. Rodenhaver was a two-year captain of the Terrapin men's golf team and a participant in the NCAA East Regional in 1994. He played at Southern Methodist for one season (1990-1991) before transferring to Maryland. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 1994 and is currently pursuing his master's in business administration.
"I truly believe that we are moving in the right direction and are committed to winning both on and off the course," said Rodenhaver. "I want all of our student-athletes to excel both academically and athletically. I want them to be eager to work hard and be the best they can be every day and in every aspect of their lives."
Rodenhaver is a native of Odessa, Texas. Most of his family, including his wife, Robyn, are graduates of University of Maryland. His father is a member of the National Golf Coach's Hall of Fame and a former assistant golf coach at Maryland. He and his wife, Robyn, have a son, Austin, and had twins, Gavin and Reese, in September 2004.