During his first season on the coaching staff, Steven Rodrigues helped send three Monarchs in Michael McGee, Sa'Derian Perry and Larry Early to the NCAA Championships. Early garnered All-American status and placed eighth at the 2019 NCAA Championship in Pittsburgh. The Monarchs also finished second in the league after the regular season and compiled a 9-7 dual record.
Rodrigues joined the coaching staff June 2018. Rodrigues comes from Stanford where in the 2016-2017 season helped the Cardinal bring nine wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament, a record amount of qualifiers for the institution. Stanford’s 157-pound starter, Paul Fox made All-American to become the 20th All-American for the program.
Prior to joining the Stanford staff in 2016, Rodrigues had a decorated career at the University of Illinois. The New York native was a four-year starter and a three-time NCAA qualifier, finishing in fifth-place at the NCAA Championships in 2016 to earn All-American status. That same season, the middleweight took a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships at 165 pounds. Rodrigues finished his career with an 88-42 record.
Rodrigues earned his degree in sports management, being named to the Big Ten Academic Team four times and gaining NWCA Academic All-American honors in 2016.