Bob Rodriguez, known for tough, old-school coaching style, dies at 75

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 4:08 pm | Updated: 2:25 pm, Tue May 6, 2014.

The sign that hung outside of Bob Rodriguez’s wall said it all about the former St. Michael’s and Santa Fe High head boys basketball coach.

“Push to excel.”

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  • James Branch posted at 10:19 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    James Branch Posts: 1

    Coach Rodriguez epitomizes the no nonsense style of coaching that requires discipline, commitment, sacrifice and dedication that is severely lacking in many of today's coaching settings.

    Growing up I enjoyed watching his Santa Fe teams and the way they competed at the state level against the Hobbs Eagles, etc. and I have always admired his style and the results speak for themselves His coaching pedigree is among the elite coaches in the state of New Mexico, and he will surely be missed.

    However, the positive impact that his legacy has left behind will always be remembered, and I am sure I speak for many of my colleagues in the coaching profession that he is without question one of the best and will always be remembered.

    My sincere condolences to the family and to Ernie, and David Rodriguez who I have grown to respect and admire as well in the coaching fraternity. God bless you.


    Coach James Branch
    Mora High School

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:13 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    You've already said too much. And on his obituary. Geez, sin verguenza Dave.

  • Aldo Ramirez posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Aldo Posts: 18

    How does Mr. Barron screw up an obituary like that? He's been in SF for 15 years, you would think he knows whos who. Then again, he probably packed it in already.

  • Tommy Trujillo posted at 11:12 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Tommy Posts: 24

    I love the Rodriguez family. Coach Rodriguez was the man! Rest in peace and God bless the entire family. I was in a totally different sport during basketball season, but I always loved his no BS, no excuses approach.

  • richard jaramillo posted at 10:56 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    rjsantafe1 Posts: 20

    My condolences to the Rodriquez family. I had the pleasure to play for coach in 84, 85, & 86! Man they sure don't make "coaches" like that anymore! The memories under coach of blood, sweat, tears, laughter, fundamentals, passion, fight, and the essence of competition is what I will cherish most! I have been coaching for 24 years and competing in life and the will to excel is what Coach instilled in his players! I try to instill these qualities in my boys and the teams that I coach.

    He was real old school and today this style wouldn't nessissarly be well received, but the foundation of his teaching / coaching of young men is still needed today! When I coach youth basketball I use some of "Coaches" plays, philosophy's, and drills! They work and they can be used 100 years from now and they would still work! I will miss you "Coach" and more importantly I will never forget you! "It's not the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog", just another sign in Coaches office....

  • Cliff Womack posted at 8:32 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    mugsy Posts: 1

    My condolences to The Rodriguez Family. I played for him when he was coaching all sports at Harrington JR H in 66 and 67; then when he was one of the assistant football coaches at St. Mikes in 69 and 70. He was a tough coach and fair to those players who worked hard. New Mexico was lucky to have him so with all my respect and admiration, rest in peace. -- James "Inky" Womack

  • David Romero posted at 4:30 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    bigd1973 Posts: 96

    I cant say. I played for him at St. Mikes in the early 70's and at times I think his lack of better judgement got the best of him. I wont go into specifics out of respect for the family and I don't care to air our dirty laundry in public.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 1:25 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 878

    What is it that we don't know?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:20 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 878

    I'm glad they fixed that error.

  • Michelle Chavez posted at 10:02 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Michelle Chavez Posts: 8 Staff

    And that is exaclty what the article says. :)

  • WKL posted at 9:55 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    WKL Posts: 4

    Coach Rodriguez transcended what coaching and teaching was all about. He was passionate in his work and compassionate with his students and family. My condolences to Imelda and the family. Coach will be missed. -- Walter K Lopez

  • Matt Pusatory posted at 9:53 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Matt Pusatory Posts: 10 Staff

    Ms Baca,

    Thanks for pointing this out. The story has been corrected.

    -Matt Pusatory
    SFNM web staff

  • Rpanaya posted at 9:35 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Rpanaya Posts: 3

    Leslie Romero-Kilmer is NOT the SFPS Superintendant...She is the athletic director. Please make sure you use correct titles when writing a story.

  • Nick Rivera posted at 8:29 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    CoachNRR Posts: 25

    Thank You Coach For Being A Great Inspiration... May God Bless The Rodriguez Family At This Time..

  • David Romero posted at 7:59 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    bigd1973 Posts: 96

    People don't know half about Rodriguez as a coach. He was a decent human being though.

  • choochoo posted at 7:12 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    choochoo Posts: 3

    My condolences to the entire Rodriguez family, i've known "the coach" for many years and learned a great deal. Rest in peace my friend, may god bless you.

  • Destiny Baca posted at 9:07 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 48

    Leslie kilmer is not the superintendent. Joel Boyd is.


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