Staff
Head Coach
Jody Rogers

A quick glance at her resume and it's obvious that Jody Rogers is a born winner. With more than 500 career victories in 21 seasons as a head coach, Rogers knows how to build and run a winning program.

That's what Rogers will be looking to do at VCU after Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin announced her hiring as the new Head Coach of the VCU Volleyball program on Feb. 11, 2013.

"Jody is a proven winner who brings a lot of energy to the VCU Athletics family," McLaughlin said. "She is a teacher of the game who will promote hard work, discipline and strong communication as keys to sustainable, elite-level success, both athletically and academically. We are excited for her to lead our program and achieve our goals of providing a tremendous student-athlete experience and winning championships."

Rogers comes to the Black & Gold after spending the past 16 seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where she built the Greyhounds into a perennial national power at the Division II level. This past season, she led UIndy to the 2012 Final Four and the program's third 30-plus win season in the past six years.

"I would like to thank VCU for giving me such a great opportunity to lead a program that has so much potential for success," Rogers said. "I really look forward to being challenged both personally and professionally, and I'm excited to get into the gym with our student-athletes and get back to the winning ways."

During her 16 years at UIndy, Rogers compiled a 406-180 (.693) mark, which ranks in the top-30 nationally among Division II coaches for both total wins (26th) and winning percentage (26th). She has led the Greyhounds to four straight top-15 finishes. She was named the 2012 CaptainU National Coach of the Year, as well as the 2009 AVCA National Coach of the Year. Rogers coached seven AVCA All-Americans during her tenure at UIndy.

"The program has so much potential and that's the main reason why I came to VCU," added Rogers. "My coaching philosophy is that we go fast and we have athletic players that can do great things on the court and in the classroom. There's a solid foundation in place, but now we look to operate at an even higher level."

A 1993 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State, Rogers had been the women's volleyball coach at Newbury Junior College in Brookline, Mass. She also was the boys' volleyball coach at Waltham (Mass.) H.S., starting a new program in February of 1997.

In 1995-96, Rogers was an athletic compliance intern at Boston College, working with BC's 32 varsity sports. Prior to her stint at BC, Rogers was an assistant volleyball coach at Springfield College (Mass.) from 1994-96. In 1993, Rogers was the assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater.

Rogers was a standout volleyball player at Eastern Connecticut from 1991-92. She earned team MVP honors as a senior in 1992, serving as team captain. She played her first two collegiate seasons at Miami-Dade CC (Fla.), with MDCC's 1989 team winning the junior college national championship.

Rogers earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Connecticut in 1993 and her master's in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration in 1997 at Springfield College. She was inducted into the Newton North (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2012.

Assistant Coach
Morris Cephas

Morris Cephas is the newest addition to the VCU Staff, joining the Rams in February of 2018. Cephas returns to his hometown with experience coaching a variety of offensive and defensive techniques. As an assistant coach at Austin Peay last season, Cephas primarily focused on setting and defense. With his assistance, the Governors finished 30-6 and earned a bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament as Ohio Valley Conference Champions.

He contributed to the development of OVC Player of the Year (Ashley Slay), Setter of the Year (Kristen Stucker) and two other All-Conference performers in 2017.

In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, developing practice plans and scouting reports, Cephas, a libero as a collegian, will lend his expertise in setting and defense techniques to the Rams.

Cephas captained the King University men's volleyball team for two years. He was named Conference Carolinas Libero of the Year in his final season as a Tornado.

After graduation, Cephas served as a women's volleyball assistant at King under Head Coach Chris Toomey from 2011-2013. In 2014, he was named the head coach of the King women's volleyball program.

Cephas was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee at King and also has experience teaching mathematics. Prior to transferring to King, Cephas attended VCU from 2006-08.

Assistant Coach
Patrick Maloney

Former collegiate standout and Richmond-native Patrick Maloney joined the VCU Volleyball program as assistant coach in the spring of 2016.

Maloney returns to his hometown following a stint in 2015 as a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State women's volleyball program, where he primarily focused on pin hitter attacking, blocking and defense. With his assistance, the Buckeyes finished 25-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. OSU was ranked as high as No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll during the season.

He contributed to the development of a pair of AVCA All-Americans, Taylor Sanbothe (First Team) Elizabeth Campbell (Third Team).

In addition to recruiting, scouting and game planning, Maloney, an outside hitter as a collegian, will lend his expertise in blocking and attacking techniques to the Rams.

Maloney was a standout on the George Mason men's volleyball squad from 2010-13. In more than 60 matches, he accumulated 241 digs, 154 kills and 58 blocks. He was named EIVA All-Academic for his efforts both on the floor and in the classroom and received a bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2013. Maloney recorded a 3.90 grade-point-average during his undergraduate career and was recognized a Scholar Athlete by both George Mason and the Colonial Athletic Association.

In addition to launching his coaching career, Maloney has worked in the medical field and competed in a number of beach and indoor volleyball tournaments since graduation.

A Richmond native, Maloney starred at Deep Run High School.

Head Coach - Richard Bland Women's Volleyball
Scott Newton

We would like to welcome Scott Newton to our camp staff this season. Newton just completed his first year as the first-ever Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Richard Bland College during 2017-18. He joined the Statesmen in June 2017 after serving as the Girls Volleyball Head Coach at Glen Allen High School since May 2012, as well as the Juniors Program Manager for the Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC) since November 2011.

Newton led Glen Allen to a five-year record of 77-49, including the 2014 Conference 11 Championship while advancing to the Region 5A South Semifinals. Newton was the 2012 Capital District and 2016 Conference 11 Coach of the Year.

Newton supervised all teams, activities and camps involving the juniors program at RVC. He served as the technical director in volleyball training, while coordinating tournament participation and travel. During Newton’s tenure at RVC, 66 former athletes have gone on to play volleyball at the collegiate level. He founded the sand volleyball program for the club in 2013, providing more in-depth training, which has had a positive impact on the indoor game.

Prior to his time in Richmond, Newton was the Girls Volleyball Head Coach at Blacksburg High School during 2010 and 2011. He led BHS to a two-year record of 40-17, including the program’s first 20-win season and first two trips to the Group 3A West Region semifinals. Newton was the 2011 River Ridge District Coach of the Year.

Newton has additional coaching experience with Roanoke United 17 Open Volleyball (2010-11), River Valley Juniors 17 in Blacksburg (2009-10), Auburn Middle School in Riner (2008-09) and Eastern Montgomery High School in Shawsville (2007-08).

A Richmond native and graduate of Hermitage High School, Newton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sport and Health Education from Radford University in 2010, with a minor in Business Administration and a concentration in Sports Administration. He was a student assistant coach for women’s volleyball during 2008, founded the Radford Men’s Club Volleyball Team and was a member of the Sports Club Council.