Boston College Football Coach Frank Spaziani has named Kevin Rogers, quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings for the past five seasons, offensive coordinator. Rogers replaces Gary Tranquill, who recently announced his retirement.
"We are very pleased to make this announcement," Spaziani said. "Kevin Rogers will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. He is an accomplished tactician and, more importantly, a man of great integrity and leadership skills. We are excited to have him join the Eagle family, and I know our student-athletes and fans will be as well."
Rogers recently completed his fifth season as quarterbacks coach of the Vikings and his 36th year in the coaching profession, 28 of which have been spent at the collegiate level. In 2009, Rogers helped get veteran quarterback Brett Favre up to speed with his new team after he was signed in mid-August. Despite his late arrival, Favre went on to post one of his best statistical seasons.
Before joining the Vikings, Rogers spent the 2002-05 seasons at Virginia Tech, where he guided Hokies quarterbacks Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick to impressive performances. Randall ended his career in 2004 with ACC Player of the Year honors and, in 2005, Rogers coached Vick in his debut as a starter with the Hokies. Vick led the ACC in pass efficiency and the Hokies led the conference in scoring offense at 33.8 points per game with a league-best 51 touchdowns. During Rogers' tenure, the Hokies compiled a 39-14 record, won the ACC title in 2004 and played in the first ACC Championship Game in 2005.
Prior to his successful stint at Virginia Tech, Rogers spent the 1999-2001 seasons at Notre Dame as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Bob Davie's staff. He played a part in the 2000 Irish squad that finished 9-3 and played in the Fiesta Bowl. Rogers worked with QB Jarious Jackson in his final season and helped the senior signal-caller leave with the single-season passing yardage record in 1999 and set school marks for attempts and completions.
Rogers coached at Syracuse University from 1991-98 and helped the Orange to a combined 68-26-1 record and six bowl appearances. He joined the team as quarterbacks coach on Paul Pasqualoni's staff, was named assistant head coach in 1995, serving as the recruiting coordinator from 1995-97 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1997.
During Rogers' time with Syracuse, the team tied for the 1996 Big East title and won the crown outright in 1997 and '98, becoming the first team in conference history to win three straight championships. Rogers' star pupil, Donovan McNabb, left Syracuse with the majority of the school's passing records and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rogers' spent 1983-90 on the staff at Navy working with the offense and future NFL standout Napolean McCallum. From 1980-82, he coached running backs at his alma mater, William & Mary. Rogers got his start in coaching at Virginia Beach's Bayside High (1974-76) before serving as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under the legendary Woody Hayes in 1977-78.
Rogers is a 1974 graduate from the College of William & Mary, where he also played linebacker, and received his master's degree from Ohio State in 1978. Rogers and his wife, Betty, have three children - Kevin, Megan and Ryan.