Isaiah Rodgers Lands Big Job with ODAC

Posted by Monica Hoel
Turns out, it’s not just about polishing trophies.

Isaiah Rodgers is the Director of Championships for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and his experiences in the position are vast. The ODAC has a very small office, only three employees, so he gets to try his hand at everything from acquisitions to ball deal contracts to staffing a championship event.

Isaiah was an athlete at Emory & Henry, and a sports management major, and after attending the national NCAA conference he started making contacts to see if he might be able to find an internship for his senior year. When he reached out to Brad Bankston, ODAC Commissioner, he found an enthusiastic affirmation, and spent his senior spring interning for the office and helping with ODAC tournaments and championships.

He really believes in the student athlete model, and speaks fondly of his experience at Emory & Henry. He points out that employers like to hire people who were able to get a degree while also working as part of a team and juggling a busy schedule. He remembers the hard work it takes to go to class, go to practice, grab meals on the run, watch game film, do homework, and work in a social life. “Being a student athlete gives you balance.”

Isaiah’s main goal in his new position is to make the student athlete experience as positive as possible, and he is realizing now that his own great experience in the ODAC was due to a lot of hard work behind the scenes. He has heard from other Division III conferences that ODAC is very well-respected, and he is excited to be working with a small team of professionals who are making a great impact. “Making it special for the student athletes…that’s what it’s all about.”

  • Isaiah Rodgers, Emory & Henry Class of 2018.

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