Robert Rodriguez joined the NMMI coaching staff in 2016. He was born and raised in Artesia, N.M., winning state championships with the Bulldogs in 2003-04.
He graduated in 2006 and went to Pima Community College, where he started all 11 games in his first season and 10 games as a sophomore. He transferred to Emporia State University, Kans., for one season, then to New Mexico State, where he then played in 2010 as a senior.
Rodriguez worked as a grad assistant at NMSU in 2011, and in 2012 went to Western New Mexico University, where he was tight end coach for two seasons, and offensive line coach in 2014-15.
He came to NMMI for the opportunity to work with coach Drew Thatcher. “We’ve known each other since New Mexico State, so we were trying to connect somehow,” he said. “I finally got the chance to come and I took the job right away.”
Rodriguez has a wife, Sara, and a 2-year old daughter Morrene, and a brother, Jourdan, who coaches Hagerman High School.