Charles Rodriguez is in his second season on the Stanford men’s soccer staff in 2017.
Rodriguez, a 2011 NSCAA First Team All-American at Charlotte, played for Jeremy Gunn with the 49ers and captained the squad that advanced to the 2011 College Cup Championship match. He spent the past three seasons on staff at Xavier.
Last season, the Musketeers won 12 games, rose to No. 10 in the NSCAA rankings and won on the road at both No. 1 Creighton and No. 2 Notre Dame. In 2014, Xavier experienced the greatest season in school history, breaking program records for wins (15), shutouts (11) and team goals against average (0.84). Rodriguez and the XU staff were recognized as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and Xavier was among the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Musketeers finished 2013 campaign 10-7-2 overall and tied for second in conference.
Rodriguez was just as accomplished as a player. As a senior in 2011, he was named a Soccer America First Team All-American, was an NSCAA First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and became the first defender in Charlotte history to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors. He was also named to the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team while captaining the 49ers to the national final for the first time in school history.
The center back guided a Charlotte defense that had nine shutouts, limited 21 foes to a goal or less and only allowed four goals in six NCAA Tournament games in 2011. During Rodriguez’s four years, the 49ers tallied 30 shutouts.
Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer’s 2012 Supplemental Draft by D.C. United and spent time in the District before moving on to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro League. Following the 2012 season, Rodriguez returned to Charlotte to finish his degree in political science and criminal justice.
Charles has a USSF D coaching license and currently coaches the 98B Blue NPL and 01B Blue NPL teams.