DAVIS, Calif. - Kristen Rodriguez is UC Davis women's soccer's new director of operations, as announced by head coach Twila Kaufman on Thursday.
"I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to continue my soccer career by working with Coach Kaufman and her program. It is truly an honor to not only play for Twila, but work with her as well," said Rodriguez.
"I have a passion for working with athletes and looking forward to this new chapter in life."
Rodriguez, an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar selection, West Coast Conference All-Academic, WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll and Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete honoree throughout her career, was a key contributor in two NCAA Women's College Cup runs. As a sophomore, she helped the Waves advance to the Sweet 16; two years later, Pepperdine returned to the postseason and earned a berth in the Second Round.
Said Kaufman, "My colleagues and I relentlessly recruited Rodriguez to Pepperdine. I was able to coach her in her first year and my last. That season, she competed with the best, and against the best from day one and she never wavered. Since that time, I continued to hear stories of her impact and leadership, despite many difficult personal setbacks."
"We always say in this program that when you are squeezed, what is really inside always comes out. I've watched Kristen pass this test several times and know she will have an amazing impact in our program since she is a living example of how one should persevere through adversity," added Kaufman.
Throughout her four years at Pepperdine, Rodriguez competed in 54 games, and recorded 23 points on nine goals and five assists. Known for coming up clutch on the field in crucial situations, three of the Inglewood native's goals were game-winners, with another two scored during NCAA Tournament play.
Said Kaufman, "I think we both felt our time together was too short, I am thrilled that we can pick up where we left off together in a joint effort to help UC Davis prepare for the 2017 season."