Amanda (Mandy) Rodrigues

Former Co-Director & Coach Mentor
Former Head Coach 16 Orange
Former Co-Head Coach 17 Orange

Former Head Coach 14 Black Suns

Mandy grew up in Kearny NJ, and attended public school until traveling to Mt. St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell for her high school years.  At “The Mount” she lettered in Softball and Volleyball sophomore through senior years and was a Captain of the Volleyball team.  Both programs were in the NJ Top 5 while Mandy was part of the teams. Mandy attended Kean University in Union NJ and played collegiate Volleyball there before starting her coaching career in 2000 at Kent Place H.S. in Summit, NJ. In 2002, her team captured a conference championship. In 2004, she was named Conference Coach of the Year as well as The NJ Star Ledger Coach of the Year in Union County. Mandy also coached varsity Softball at Kent Place and brought that team to their first post-season appearance in a decade.  Mandy left Kent Place in 2007, to take her place as the Head Girls’ and Boys’ coach for Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

In four years at Hunterdon Central, she transformed a struggling boys program into a winning program with not only four consecutive winning seasons, but four straight State Playoff berths; both  a program first. She also led the boys to their first Conference Title in 2009. Mandy has the only winning record as a multi-season boys coach in the history of the Hunterdon Central boys program.

Mandy’s leadership brought the Hunterdon Central girls volleyball team to Conference Championships in 2007, 2008, 2010 as well a County Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.  Under her coaching, the girls showed in State finals appearances in 2007,and 2008; and a State Championship title in 2007. The girls program had its first ever undefeated regular season in 2010 with a record of 34-0.  In her time as the girls coach at Hunterdon Central, Mandy coached Amanda Alles, the 2007 NJ Gatorade Player of the Year, sent numerous players to Division 1 Programs, and holds the highest winning percentage of any Coach in the history of the girls program.  In 2007, Mandy was named Central Jersey Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger, and in 2008, Mandy was awarded the NJSIAA Special Sports Award for her service and dedication to the sport of Volleyball statewide in NJ.  Also in 2008, Mandy was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year award from AVCA.  (American Volleyball Coaches Association). Click here to read the article on the national finalists

After her 10 years of working with high school athletes, Mandy took a position as the head coach at Lehigh Carbon College in PA.  After two seasons at LCCC, Mandy was made an offer to come back to high school coaching again. Without hesitation she accepted a position as the head coach at Nazareth Area High School in PA.  Mandy is enjoying her first year (2013) heading that program and hopes to have the same success in PA as she did in NJ.

In the first RSV season, Coach Rodrigues Head Coached the 15-Orange and the 17-Orange.  Both teams finished in the Gold Bracket #3 in their respective age groups out of 48 teams at Winterfest.  In total her teams brough home four medals in the 2012-2013 season.  Both teams also made it to the second round of regionals and the final eight teams chasing after a national bid.

Coach Rodrigues completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Health Education from Kean University in 2002.  Most recently, Mandy finished her Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Adventure Education and Team Building in 2011 from Plymouth State University.

Philosophy: That any athlete can improve with inner drive, discipline, and self-motivation.  Coaches can give knowledge and feedback, but the player needs to be willing to accept that information with an open mind, and the ability to know whats being told to them is for their own good.  Teams and players need to hate losing more then they love winning, and be mentally tough to take constructive criticism.  As a coach, I strive and work towards individualized growth in my players and for team success.  I will train and teach at my practices, I will be fair, and lastly I will achieve success if my athletes are willing to accept the uphill battle and challenges I present them.  Those who work and don't doubt, but rather strive for the goal will find in the end it was worth it.

Favorite Quote: "Good Enough is Not Enough."

Best Volleyball Moment: Being 35-0 in the quarter finals of the state tournament in NJ.  Tied 1-1 each our team was down 20-23, and our team roared back to win the match by score of 25-23.  The crowd cleared the bleachers and stormed the court, it was unbelievable!

Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle

Favorite School Subject: PE

Last Book I read: Messages from the Masters, by Brian Weiss

Favorite Quality in an Athlete: Handling Pressure when the match is on the line.