After the departure of former coach Roc Batten to Ensworth last week, Battle Ground Academy has swiftly hired his successor.
They chose a candidate with a sound D-II résumé with former Evangelical Christian head coach Jonas Rodriguez.
“It is truly an honor and a blessing to be named the head football coach at Battle Ground Academy. BGA is a tradition rich school focused on excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and character development,” the new coach said via release from the school.
“In addition, my family and I are excited to integrate into and invest in the tremendous community which exists at BGA. Moreover, we are thankful for this opportunity afforded by Head of School, Will Kesler, Athletic Director, Fred Eaves, and the BGA Board of Trustees. Needless to say, it is an incredible time to join the BGA family and we look forward to positively impacting the BGA community.”
Rodriguez went 8-2 with ECS last season, making it to the second round of the D-II playoffs and securing a playoff victory against Lipscomb Academy in the first round.
He was the 2018 D-II West Conference Coach of the Year and navigated ECS to the playoffs twice. He also was part of Ensworth’s 2010s state title teams as its defensive coordinator. He played football at MBA and at Yale University before returning to his alma mater to coach multiple sports. He also has coached at Franklin Road Academy.
“From the very beginning of our search, Jonas emerged as our top choice to take the reins of our football program,” Will Kesler, BGA Head of School, said in the release.
“With a wealth of independent school experience and a track record of success at every level of his coaching tenure, we are confident he can build on the tradition of success we have enjoyed at BGA for many years. Jonas is a great fit for our community and culture, and we are delighted to have secured someone of his caliber and character to lead our team and coaches.”
Per the release, Rodriguez will also have a role in BGA’s Advancement Office and work in BGA’s Upper School.
“Jonas has done a fantastic job leading the football program at ECS and he has been successful as both a head and an assistant coach in Division II,” said BGA Athletic Director Fred Eaves. “His vision for the program aligns with BGA’s mission, vision, and values. We are very excited to welcome Jonas and his family to BGA.”
BGA was the D-II state runner-up in 2018.