During one of the Pioneers home basketball games this winter, Head Football Coach David Hutchison was in the PAC room thinking of ways to raise money for the program, when Coach Rich Rodriguez’s name flashed across the bottom of the TV. Coach Hutchison thought it would be a good idea to bring Coach Rodriguez back to Glenville to honor his former coaching career at Glenville State College. With the help of Ike Morris, the dream came true on Friday, May 20th. Glenville State College held the GSC Football Alumni Golf Outing Honoring Coach Rodriguez, his coaches, and many players during his era.
Coach Rodriguez, who was inducted to the GSC Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, was honored with a day of golf and a dinner at the house of Ike and Sue Morris. As the head coach at GSC, Coach Rodriguez led the Pioneers to WVIAC Championships in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. GSC advanced to the national playoffs in 1993 and 1994 and was the 1993 NAIA Runner-up. Coach Rodriguez coached at GSC from 1990 to 1997, during that time his record was 43-28-2.
The turnout for the event was one of the biggest that Glenville State College has ever had. This event helped the GSC Pioneers Football team raise a significant amount of money for the program.
“It’s a real honor for me to come back and see everyone, I had some great years here in Glenville and I am very happy to see Glenville State College thriving,” stated Coach Rodriguez. “I would just like to thank the community of Glenville, Coach Hutchison, and Ike and Sue Morris for making this wonderful event happen,” said Rodriguez. The Pioneer community was very excited for the former Pioneer to return to Glenville.
“We are just really happy how the event turned out and can’t say how much we enjoyed Coach Rodriguez’s company including the past coaches and players,” stated Head Pioneer Football Coach David Hutchison.