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BGA hires new head coach

BGA hires new head coach

Battle Ground Academy wasted little time finding a new head football coach.

A week after Roc Batten was named the new head football coach at Ensworth on Monday, BGA has found his successor.

Jonas Rodriguez, who has lead the football program at Evangelical Christian School the past two seasons has been announced as the new BGA coach.

“It is truly an honor and a blessing to be named the head football coach at Battle Ground Academy. BGA is a tradition rich school focused on excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and character development,” Rodriguez said. “In addition, my family and I are excited to integrate into and invest in the tremendous community which exists at BGA. Moreover, we are thankful for this opportunity afforded by Head of School, Will Kesler, Athletic Director, Fred Eaves, and the BGA Board of Trustees. Needless to say, it is an incredible time to join the BGA family and we look forward to positively impacting the BGA community.”

Rodriguez, a 1999 MBA graduate is coming back to Nashville after leading ECS to a 13-10 record and two Division II-AA playoff appearances in his time at the Cordova school.


The Eagles are coming off a 9-3 season as ECS lost to Lausanne in the Division II-AA Quarterfinals.


“From the very beginning of our search, Jonas emerged as our top choice to take the reins of our football program,” BGA Head of School Will Kesler said. “With a wealth of independent school experience and a track record of success at every level of his coaching tenure, we are confident he can build on the tradition of success we have enjoyed at BGA for many years. Jonas is a great fit for our community and culture, and we are delighted to have secured someone of his caliber and character to lead our team and coaches.”


Before going to ECS, Rodriguez served as the Ensworth Defensive coordinator for six seasons (2011-16) and helped the Tigers win three consecutive Division II-AA state titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Before coming at Ensworth, Rodriguez worked at MBA for seven years (2005-10) after lettering four seasons playing football at Yale (2000-03).

While a student athlete at MBA, Rodriguez was a three sport starts for the Big Red and was a part of six state title teams (1998 and 1999 in football), (1998 and 1999 in track and field) and (1998 and 2000) in basketball.

There are currently seven programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolivar, Bolton, Cocke County, ECS, Haywood, Manassas and MLK Prep


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