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Few head coaches in the NCAA Div III ranks can match the 36-year run of success that Roderick has enjoyed since taking over the men's soccer program in 1983.

Roderick has guided 19 of his teams to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship tournament and the 1989 team achieved ultimate success by winning the NCAA Division III National Championship.

With a longevity in the sport that spans parts of seven decades and on-field success at every level, Roderick is one of the most well-respected coaches in the nation. The Springfield, Pennsylvania, native has compiled a 537-156-66 overall record, with his 537 victories tied for 11th most in the collegiate game across all NCAA divisions. Roderick's .751 career winning percentage ranks tied for 30th (all divisions) and among his Division III cohorts, he ranks second in wins and ninth in winning percentage.

Roderick-led teams have won 20 or more games in a season five times, with the 1988 and 1990 squads going undefeated in the regular season. The Blue Jays have advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament on nine occasions under his watch.

Elizabethtown, the second winningest Division III program in collegiate soccer history and one of the top five in all NCAA divisions with 854 victories, exorcised their Landmark Conference Championships demons by shutting out Catholic at home 1-0 to win the 2018 title, their first league crown since joining in 2013-14. The team had been conference runners up each of the previous three seasons.The Jays, at 14-4-2, made the NCAA DIII Championship tournament in 2016 for the first time since 2006 and defeated 19th-ranked Vassar, 1-0, in overtime for their first tournament victory since 2004.

The Blue and Gray returned to the national spotlight in 2015, posting a 17-2-1 overall record for the program's most wins --and fewest losses-- in a season since an 18-2-1 campaign in 1999. E-town climbed as high as No. 6 the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 8 in the D3soccer.com Top 25.

Roderick ushered the Jays to a perfect 8-0-0 regular season in the Landmark Conference and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. The 1974 Elizabethtown alum was named conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his illustrious career, but first time in the Landmark. He was named the Co-Coach of the Year for 2018.

A 3-0 shutout at Drew Oct. 24, 2015, lifted Roderick to a milestone 500th career victory. He became just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III and 12th across all NCAA divisions to accomplish the feat.

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