Shelby’s Rodriguez Steps Down After 15 Years
SHELBY – Longtime Shelby football coach Lorenzo Rodriguez announced his resignation Tuesday after 15 years with the Tigers.
Under Rodriguez’s direction, Shelby went 59-84 over 15 seasons.
Shelby won four outright or co-conference West Michigan Conference championships and made five playoff appearances in those 15 years.
The Tigers enjoyed their best seasons under Rodriguez in 2012 and 2013, making consecutive Division 6 state semifinal appearances and going a combined 21-5.
“You pour 15 years of your life into something you know it’s not easy to walk away,” Rodriguez said. “The relationships you build, win, lose or draw those aren’t things that are important in the end.
“The ‘12 and ‘13 season it was a heck of a run, there was a lot of firsts there for for the program and never been district champs or regional champs and we were able to do it two years in a row. It’s been a fun ride and like I said I can’t thank everybody that’s been a part of my program, while I was at Shelby enough.”
Since that 2013 state semifinal appearance, the Tigers have struggled, winning just four games over the last seven seasons which includes four winless campaigns.
Shelby went 0-7 in 2020.
Rodriguez was named Regional Coach of the Year on three occasions.