Raquel Rodriguez joined the Babcock Hoops’ team in 2020 and serves as a host, reporter, and digital producer for the company's on-camera content.
“The combination of Raquel’s personal background and work experience has given her unique vantage points in sports and has subsequently allowed her to accumulate a wealth of experience and knowledge early in her professional career. She is a rising talent within the sports world and is an immensely valuable asset to us,” said owner and founder of Babcock Hoops, Matt Babcock.
Prior to joining Babcock Hoops, Raquel was a news producer for NBC affiliate KVOA in Tucson, Arizona. At KVOA, Raquel produced the 4 O’Clock newscast where she covered local stories in Southern Arizona.
Raquel attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and was a member of the cheer team, where she earned the following awards: Highest Cumulative GPA Award for the University of Arizona Cheerleading, Lifetime Cheerleader Award, Hardest Working Teammate Award, and Golden “A” Cheerleader Award. A natural leader, she served as the cheer team’s captain during her junior and senior years. Also while in school, Raquel worked as a sports reporter for GOAZCATS.com, a school fan website that is part of rivals.com and the Yahoo! Sports Network. Additionally, she was a sports reporter for UATV, the student-run news network. Raquel graduated in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Sports Management.
Despite Raquel’s direct experience within sports, she also grew up in a “sports family.” Her father, Rich Rodriguez, has been a football coach at the NCAA Division I level for more than 20 years, which has included positions as the head coach at West Virginia University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Arizona. Raquel’s mother, Rita Rodriguez, was a college cheerleader at West Virginia University. Also, Raquel’s brother, Rhett Rodriguez, currently plays football at the University of Arizona.
Raquel currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.