Rod began swimming at the Abbot Run Valley Club. He was a member of the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys Club and swam for Bishop Feehan High School and the Little Rhody Aquatic Club, where he focused on breaststroke events.

Rod swam the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke at the collegiate level, earning four varsity letters while at Providence College. In 1994, Rod started coaching the Bishop Feehan High School girls’ team and was asked to start up a team for boys.

His record as head coach is impressive. In his eleven-year tenure, Rod amassed a combined record of 215-22-1. His girls’ team had their first undefeated season in 1994 and three consecutive undefeated seasons would follow. The team would also win six Southern Conference titles and three MIAA South Sectional Championships. He led the Shamrock boys’ team to six undefeated seasons, three MIAA State Finalist seasons and eight Southern Conference titles. For the past eleven seasons the Shamrock swimmers dominated the area’s All-Star selection teams in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle and Pawtucket Times newspapers.

Rod was the recipient of numerous Attleboro Sun Chronicle “Coach of the Year”’ honors and received the 2004 Eastern Massachusetts Coaches Academy “Coach of the Year”’ award.  Rod is currently coach of the Hockomock YMCA Masters Swim Team that won the Eastern Massachusetts YMCA Masters Swim League Championships for both the men and women’s division in 2005.

Rod lives in Cumberland with his wife Liz and son Matthew.