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Rogers picked to coach East/West All-Star game

posted Jul 29, 2017, 6:36 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

            Freedom High School’s Casey Rogers has been named as a coach in the 2018 North Carolina East/West All-Star Games next summer. Rogers, the head men’s basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal at Freedom High School, will coach the West men’s team in the July 2018 games. The N.C. Coaches Association chooses the coaches each year. Rogers said, "I'm honored to be chosen as the head coach for the West in the NC All-Star games. I'm excited to represent Freedom and Burke County in the game."

            The East-West All-Star Games are played every year in mid July at the Greensboro Coliseum. Next year will mark the 69th meeting of the men’s games and the 43rd for the women’s games. The games feature all-star players from across the state. Most of the players have secured a college scholarship and many go on to become NCAA stars.

This will be Rogers’ first time coaching in the East/West All-Star Games, though he played for the West in 1998, and his father, Terry Rogers, was the head coach for the West in 1993.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “I’ve watched Casey grow from a great student athlete and leader on the basketball court into a great coach and leader at Freedom High School, and I am proud of all he has accomplished. Coach Rogers is an excellent choice to represent the western part of the state and Burke County as a coach in the East-West All-Star Games, and we are looking forward to the games next summer. Who knows – hopefully we’ll have players in the games, as well. Congratulations Coach Rogers. This is an honor you deserve.”

            Rogers is entering his 12th season as head coach for the Freedom High School men’s basketball program. In his 11 seasons at Freedom, he has a career record of 232-77. He has led Freedom to five conference tournament championships, four conference regular season championships, four regional appearances and a state championship in 2014. He has been voted conference Coach of the Year five times, District 10 Coach of the Year twice and was the 2014 AP Coach of the Year. Prior to becoming the head coach at Freedom, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Freedom, one year as an assistant coach at Mars Hill College and two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee. 

In high school, Rogers was a three-time All-State point guard playing for his father, Terry Rogers, at Freedom High School. In his senior year, he helped lead the Patriots to the 1998 North Carolina 4-A state championship and was the game MVP. Rogers played in the 1998 East/West All-Star Game as well as the 1998 NC/SC All-Star Game. He was named 1999 Southern Conference Freshman of the year and finished seventh nationally in assists average in 2000. Rogers finished his college career at Western Carolina University ranked second all-time in assists, fourth all-time in 3 pointers made, third all time in games started and seventh all time in steals.

Rogers started his career with the Burke County Public Schools system in 2004. He has a bachelor’s in business law from Western Carolina University, a master’s in sports management from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in administration from Appalachian State University.

He and his wife, Ashlee, have two children, a 15-year-old Jacy and an 8-year-old Drew. His parents are Terry and Tonya Rogers and his sister is Lindsey Kilgore.

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