|Position:||Assistant to the Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Southeastern La.|
Rodney Kirschner, who is entering his eighth year with the athletic department, was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in April 2017. He added Chief of Staff duties in August 2017.
In his new duties as Associate Athletic Director / Chief of Staff, Kirschner will have daily interaction with Director of Athletics Coach Banks, assisting him in many areas on a daily basis as well as handling his daily schedule, and also serving as a liaison to various units both within and outside the athletic department.
In his current role, Kirschner serves as the sport administrator for bowling, soccer, baseball and men’s basketball. Working closely with each head coach and staff. He also oversees sports medicine department, assist with facilities, equipment apparel for the Jaguars and handles game scheduling for men’s basketball program. He is also the co-gameday coordinator for home football and men’s basketball contest.
“Coach K” as he is known around the athletic department is an integral part of Southern success with his tireless work ethic and attention to detail. He was an Assistant Basketball Coach from 2011-2017 and was also Assistant to the Athletic Director from 2015-2017.
Before Kirschner arrival, Southern had a 17-74 record and the three worst seasons in program history and an RPI rating of 340. During his first season he aided one of the largest turnarounds in Division 1. While on APR sanctions, scholarship and practice time reduction Kirschner helped guide the Jaguars to a 17-14 second place finish in the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and an RPI rating of 280. They finished with a 9-2 home record during the 2011-12 season.
Over the next six years, Kirschner helped compile on overall record of 114-85 and a 77-31 SWAC Record. He helped the Jaguars to claim the 2013 and 2016 SWAC Tournament Championship and berths into the 2013 and 2016 NCAA Tournament. As well as the 2014 SWAC Regular Season Championship and 2015 SWAC Tournament Runner-up. Kirschner’s responsibilities included handling day-to-day operations for the men's basketball program and Director of Athletics. He oversaw academics, equipment, apparel, practice planning, game scheduling, scouting, team travel, film and video breakdown, film exchange coordinator, liaison for housing, community outreach, budget, compliance matters, handles the annual basketball awards banquet and served as the camp director during his time with SU Men’s Basketball.
Prior to arriving at Southern, Kirschner spent five seasons at two Southland Conference schools. Three seasons as the Director of Video Operations at Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA), and two seasons as the Video Coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA.) Before joining the college ranks he was the Associate Head Coach at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, LA. While at WHS he helped guide the Panthers to a 64-14 record in two seasons, a district championship and a 2006 class 5A state runner-up finish.
He started his collegiate playing career at Pratt Community College, and then transferred to Kansas Wesleyan University where he finished his career as a three-year letterman for KWU Men’s Basketball and was a part of the 2002 KCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Runner-up Team. He also lettered twice as a member of the KWU Football team. Kirschner earned a bachelor's degree in General Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University in May of 2008.
A Horton, Kansas native he played for his father “Rocket” Rod Kirschner at Horton High School and Nickerson High School. His three years at HHS he scored over 1,200 points. While at NHS he set the school’s single game record for most points with 48 during his senior campaign and finished his high school career with over 1,800 career points in which he scored over 30 points in a game 25-times. He was a three time all Kansas All-State selection and First Team All-State pick his senior season. He married the former Courtney Tegtman of Stamford, NE and the couple resides in Baton Rouge, LA with their three dogs.