Servite junior defenseman Hayden Rodenbeck has verbally committed to play college lacrosse at the University of Utah. Rodenbeck used his long pole to help the Friars on both ends of the field last season, ending the season with seven goals, two assists, 46% faceoff percentage, 34 turnovers and 74 ground balls. He was a team captain last year as a sophomore and has been named head captain for the upcoming season. Rodenbeck plays club for the So Cal Express and West Coast Starz.
Servite Head Coach Tom O’Leary had this to say about Rodenbeck, “I am extremely proud of Hayden and how hard he has worked to create a bright future at the University of Utah. To know that a NCAA Division I level coaching staff has been anticipating his commitment to their program, speaks volumes to his aptitude. I have watched Hayden mature from my youth camps, to one of the top defensemen in the region. As our head captain, Hayden enters into his junior year eager as ever to usher in a new era for Servite Lacrosse. He continues to mature and grow as a son, Christian, student-athlete, and friend to all in the Servite community. Another congratulation to the University of Utah for accepting such an admirable young man.”
— Servite Athletics (@ServiteSports) October 7, 2016
Although Utah currently fields an MCLA team, all signs point to the Utes going Division 1, perhaps as soon as Rodenbeck’s freshman year. The school hired an NCAA Division 1 caliber coaching staff this summer bringing in the likes of Brian Holman, Marcus Holman, Will Manny and Adam Ghitelman. Marcus left the University of North Carolina where he was an assistant coach in July to take the head coach slot at Utah. He then added his son Marcus, Manny and Ghitelman as assistants.
“I was attracted to Utah because of the thought of being a part of starting an NCAA program,” Rodenbeck explained by email. Rodenbeck added that in his final two years playing for the Friars he hopes to finish his high school career with a Trinity League title and a deep run into the playoffs.
“I want to thank my family, especially my parents for taking to every showcase I ever wanted to go to,” Rodenbeck said. “I want to thank my high school coach, Tom O’Leary for coaching me up from the start of this process and helping me get on colleges’ radar. I also want to thank my club coaches Jon Fox, Adam Guy, and Tom DeMaio for getting me ready to perform in front of some of the most prestigious schools.”