As Deputy Director of Athletics, Dawn Rogers has oversight of the Student Athlete Success areas that includes academic services and student-athlete development, as well as the Student Athlete Health and Wellness area that includes sports medicine, physical therapy/rehabilitation, nutrition, mental health services, athletic performance and applied performance. Rogers also leads the areas of strategic planning and initiatives, Title IX, Inclusivity, Gender Equity and Diversity. She serves as sport program administrator for Men’s Basketball and Women’s Tennis while also serving on Rhoades’ executive team.
Rogers comes to Baylor after serving as the Executive Director and CEO of the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee (LOC), where she was responsible for the overall direction of the 2017 Phoenix Men’s Final Four. In addition to raising the local funding, she hired and led a talented staff of 15, spearheaded communication efforts, and shaped the Read to the Final Four Arizona Literacy Campaign, which invited third graders across the state to participate in an online literacy contest.
While producing a highly successful event, Rogers used the Final Four platform to create a Weekend of Action involving community service projects in every county of Arizona. She also coordinated the Legacy Project at Harmon Park, which involved renovation of several indoor and outdoor spaces for the community.
Prior to her Phoenix Final Four appointment, Rogers spent more than nine years as a Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Arizona State University. She was directly responsible for the welfare and success of student-athletes, coaches and staff as a member of the senior management team, while also overseeing men’s basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and softball.
Rogers held an active role in The Sun Devil Club, regularly working with Sun Devil Athletics donors to secure major gifts. She served as the Pac-12 Network contact, coordinating and approving television schedules for ASU Athletics programs. She served on the Pac-12 Conference Council, chairing the Senior Women’s Administrator Council twice, and spent eight years as a conference representative in the NCAA Administrative Cabinet.
After spending 1998-04 as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Xavier University, Rogers was named Director of Athletics in June 2004. She had oversight of 18 NCAA Division I teams, 65 staff members and 250 student-athletes.
At Xavier, Rogers championed academic success and community involvement. She invested in the expansion of academic support systems and prioritized social responsibility. The department consistently posted a 3.0 GPA or better and every athletics team participated in at least one community service project per semester.
Rogers began her career in college athletics as Director of Promotions at Temple University before transitioning to an Assistant Athletics Director role at the University of Akron.
Rogers earned a bachelor of science degree from Ithaca College in 1986 where she lettered in volleyball and track and field, graduating Cum Laude. She received her master of science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1987.
She and her husband, Rob, have a son, Owen, and a daughter, Hazel. Owen is a junior at Arizona State University and plays football for the Sun Devils. Hazel will be a freshman at the University of Arkansas and a manager for the Razorbacks volleyball team in the fall.