|Born||July 25, 1940
|Died||November 30, 2014
San Diego, California
|Alma mater||Western State College|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Western Illinois (assistant)
Florida State (DC/DL)
Iowa State (DC)
Michigan Panthers (DL)
Denver Gold (DL)
Northern Iowa (DC)
Ottawa Rough Riders (DC)
Los Angeles Raiders (ST)
Phoenix Cardinals (ST)
Washington Redskins (ST)
Seattle Seahawks (AHC/ST)
Seattle Seahawks (STC)
Jacksonville Jaguars (STC)
New York Sentinels (ST)
|Head coaching record|
College coaching career
Rodriguez broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at Arizona (1968–69) and later served as defensive coordinator at Western Illinois (1970–73), Florida State (1974–75), Iowa State (1976–78) and Northern Iowa (1986). He served as head coach at Western Illinois from 1979–82.
Professional coaching career
Rodriguez served as defensive line coach for the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League from 1983-84. He was part of the USFL's first championship team, helping the Panthers to the title in 1983. He spent the 1985 season as defensive line coach with the Denver Gold.
Rodriguez entered the National Football League as the Los Angeles Raiders special teams coach (1988–89). He served in a similar capacity with the Phoenix Cardinals (1990–93), Washington Redskins (1994–97), Seattle Seahawks (1998–2003) and, most recently, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2004–2006).
Involvement with USC
In July, 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported that he was the coach hired by Pete Carroll as a special consultant for USC's kickers during the 2008 football season. The use of additional coach was one of the items that the NCAA found to be a Major Violation and subjected USC to the "Loss of institutional control" finding. Carroll had defended the hiring as being done with the knowledge of the USC compliance staff however the compliance staff reported that this was not the case.
Head coaching record
|Western Illinois Leathernecks (Mid-Con) (1979–1982)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
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- Associated Press (December 3, 2014). "Long-time coach Pete Rodriguez dies". foxsports.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
- Pringle, Paul (July 14, 2010). "Carroll's rules violation could hurt USC". Los Angeles Times.