Rod began coaching at Gold Star in the summer of 2019, but has been part of the sport since he was born, as his father was a gymnast and a coach. He competed throughout elementary school and high school and began teaching in 1996, even coaching several members of the Junior Olympic National Team. He has completed every certification USA Gymnastics has devised, and for over two decades has been a Level 10 rated judge. When Rod is not in the gym, he is working with shelter dogs or playing with his own two puppies, Maxwell and Chuck.