ATHENS, Ga. – Fernando Rodriguez, a University of Georgia graduate and one of the nation's top young coaches, was named the Women's Swimming & Diving Assistant Coach Thursday evening.
"I am thrilled to welcome Fernando to our program as our assistant coach," said Women's Swimming and Diving Head Coach Stefanie Williams Moreno. "With his wealth of coaching experience, he is a perfect addition to our staff, and I am excited to share the pool deck. Through his work at Kenyon, he has helped mold a consistent culture of success both in and out of the water, producing numerous NCAA champions and postgraduate scholars. As a fellow Georgia graduate, Fernando knows what is expected here, and I have no doubt he will be a phenomenal teacher and role model for our young women, an excellent recruiter for our future student-athletes, and a tremendous ambassador for our university."
"Georgia has been a home for me and my family for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to return and join one of the finest traditions in swimming and diving history," said Rodriguez. "The women at Georgia have long set the standard of excellence in the sport and I cannot wait to join them in moving into the future. I have thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with Stefanie and am excited about her vision. Stefanie's understanding of what it takes to be an elite athlete and her love of Georgia, together with her kindness and dedication to her team make her the perfect person to lead the Georgia women into this new era. I am eager to begin working with her, the rest of the staff, and the wonderful group of women that make up this amazing program."
Rodriguez joins Georgia after eight seasons at his undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College, where he served as the senior assistant swimming coach, first working with the middle-distance group for six years followed by two with the sprint group. While at Kenyon, the São Paulo, Brazil native helped guide the Lords and Ladies to two NCAA Division III championships (2022 – women, 2015 – men) and five runner-up finishes, while also earning five North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships. Beyond the team accolades, his tenure produced 16 NCAA individual champions, 10 title-winning relays, and 20 NCAA records, as well as four CSCAA Swimmer of the Year honorees, including a sweep of this season's awards by Bryan Fitzgerald and Crile Hart.
Kenyon was also a model program in the classroom under Rodriguez, earning 17 NCAA postgraduate scholarships and four finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as an assistant aquatics director at the Steen Aquatic Center, an academic instructor at the school, and a coach at the Total Performance Swim Camp.
Prior to Kenyon, Rodriguez spent one season as an assistant at Richmond, helping the Spiders' women's team win the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship. He also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colgate (2013), William & Mary (2009-12), and Wabash College (2004-05). As a graduate student in Sport Management at Georgia from 2007-09, he was an assistant coach for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club senior and masters groups and assisted with the Jack Bauerle Bulldog Swimming Camp, along with his work as a graduate teaching assistant.
In his individual collegiate career at Kenyon, Rodriguez was a seven-time All-American who led four-consecutive NCAA and NCAC championship teams and was named a co-captain in the 2003-04 season, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology.
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