Jason Rogers has been named Head Coach of Tulsa Athletic for the 2023 season, the club announced on Thursday, March 2. Rogers brings more than 20 years of coaching and playing experience at the collegiate, high school and club level.
‘I’ve known Jason Rogers since he was a little kid,” Co-owner of Tulsa Athletic Sonny Dalesandro said. “He’s a fierce competitor both on and off the field. I can attest to that. He’s the type of character who will put the work in day in and day out. His younger brother played here and was a captain. He’s family. He’s the perfect fit. He understands the job and is willing to do the work to get us across the finish line.”
Rogers currently serves as the head coach for Thomas Edison Preparatory Middle and High School Boys and Girls soccer teams, a position he has held since 2014. During his time at Edison, the Eagles have advanced to the state tournament and made the state finals in the 2021 season.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to manage the most successful club in Tulsa,” Rogers said. “I want to thank Sonny Dalesandro for having the confidence in me and our coaching staff. We know how much this city loves football, and we hope we can put a group of guys together that understands how well supported they are. It will take work, but our goal is always three points.”
Before his time at Edison, Rogers was the head coach for Verdigris High School for three seasons and started his prep coaching career at Claremore High School for two seasons.
Rogers also brings 14 years of coaching experience at the club level locally at Tulsa Nationals, Blitz and West Side Alliance.
Rogers played his collegiate career at Hartwick, Central Arkansas and Northeastern State.
“In the last decade, we’ve created expectations. A high standard of play on the field. Points on the table. Trophies in the trophy case. This is not an easy job to do because of those expectations. The majority of coaches in the area don’t have the grit to take on the task of being the head coach of this soccer club. It’s demanding.