CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia squash’s head coach Mark Allen announced Monday (July 11) the addition of Rodrigo Porras to the staff as an assistant coach.
“I am so very pleased to welcome Rodrigo Porras to the University of Virginia and to our program,” said head coach Mark Allen.
Porras joins the UVA coaching staff after serving as Trinity’s assistant women’s squash coach for three years. During his time at Trinity, Porras helped lead the Bantam women to two 15-plus win seasons, with the canceled 2020-21 season being the only exception. Porras comes to UVA with experience in Charlottesville after volunteering at a Virginia Squash summer camp in July 2018.
As a player, Porras was a two-year captain of the men’s squash team at Rochester and finished 10th in Yellowjacket history with a .750 career winning percentage thanks to a 36-12 win-loss record. Porras posted an 18-2 record as a senior and qualified for the College Squash Association Singles Championships. Porras also represented his home country of El Salvador in the Pan-American games in 2019.
“I think it is fair to describe our search for the right candidate as ‘exhaustive,’ as we looked far and wide across the United States and beyond in a process that spanned two seasons,” Allen said. “The effort and the waiting have ultimately paid off for us and have led us to an exceptional person and coach in Rodrigo. He will bring a wealth of experience from Trinity College, where he helped coach the Bantams to consecutive top-five finishes, and from the University of Rochester, where he distinguished himself as an exceptional player and a respected team leader. In both previous roles, Rodrigo was an integral part of a program that was in the hunt for a national championship. And he will be continuing that trend here at UVA, where we are eager to move our teams one step closer to the top of the college ranks.”