Successful coaches often refer to their team as a "family."
For Rodriguez, it's also literal.
Coach Rodriguez married his high school sweetheart June and they have been married ever since. Catholic Centrals first family also had many children involved in the program.
His sons Steve, David and Chris all wrestled at Catholic Central. Steve (1972) and David (1975) won individual state titles and went on to wrestle at Michigan State. Chris finished third at states and wrestled at Eastern Michigan.
His daughters Jackie, Patty, and Nancy where also very instrumental to the programs success serving as mat maids, cheerleaders, and mediators for their dads program and their band of brothers.
Coach Rod retired from Detroit Catholic Central in 2007. Upon retiring from CC Coach Rod was inducted into the Michigan Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He spends his time now with his wife June and their beautiful family. In his spare time, Rod fishes, golfs, works out, and enjoys gardening and building things. Rod is still involved in the program as spiritual moderator and trainer.
The good lords plan for Coach Rod, proved to be an angelic one. "Rod" served as father, role model, mentor, spiritual advisor, and coach to over thousands of young men at Detroit Catholic Central.
We are forever grateful to Coach Rodriguez and his beautiful wife June!