Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 - Rodriguez

Damien Rodriguez

Rodriguez was one of the top pole vaulters in Alfred State track & field history.  He became ASC’s first NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Champion in 1998.

During his indoor career he won the 1998 National Championship with a vault of 15’¼”.  He is currently tied for 2nd on the ASC all-time record list with a jump of 15’1”.  He helped the 1998 indoor team to a 10th place overall finish at Nationals.  This followed a freshman season in which he finished 3rd at Nationals.

During the outdoor competition he won the national championship with a vault of 14’6 ¼”.  He also broke the Region III outdoor pole vault record and was a member of the 4 x 100 relay team that finished 5th nationally.

Rodriguez earned All-Region honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons and was named the ASC senior athlete of the year in 1998.

He is currently one of only two people that have won a national championship at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships.

Rodriguez has been an active marine for more than 10 years and has served in Iraq, Kuwait, Africa, and Afghanistan.