Rodney graduated from Ulster University in 1999 with a BA Hons in Sport and Leisure Studies. In 2004, he completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology, also from Ulster University. He spent five years working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Ulster Rugby from 2001-2006.
In 2007, he was appointed as a Lecturer in sport and exercise Sciences at Ulster University where he contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate provision. Rodney is the Course Director for the BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Sciences degree and is a fellow of Higher Education Academy. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) and accredited strength and conditioning coach (ASCC) with the NSCA and UKSCA respectively. In addition, Rodney has been a tutor/assessor for the UKSCA since 2011.