J. Rodney Tafoya—Now the author of his first book—Ageless Arm—baseball has played a huge role in Rod’s colorful career, but never secondary to education and family.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was the youngest of four brothers and one sister born to Tony and Maude Tafoya. He began his education at Gonzales Elementary School, then entered St. Michael’s High School as a seventh-grader. At St. Michael’s, he was student body vice president his senior year, enjoyed English most of all, and is presently a foundation board member of his alma mater.
At New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Rod majored in business management and studied three years there before transferring to Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and graduating in 1989 with a degree in business management. Not only was he solid in academics, but, as he was back at St. Michael’s, Rod continued on as a stellar left-handed pitcher both at NMHU and at Newman.