Rodriguez was elected president by members attending the Association's 2017 convention this week in Nashville, Tennessee.
Founded in 1921, the AFCA's main goal is to provide resources for personal and professional development amongst the football coaching profession.
Heading into 2017, Rodriguez carries a career head coaching record of 156-113-2 in 23 seasons, the last five of which were at Arizona.
The 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Rodriguez led the Wildcats to 33 wins in his first four seasons, a tally that was the most in school history over a four-year period. He led the Wildcats to four consecutive bowl berths, another feat previously never accomplished at the school.
An active member of the American Football Coaches Association, Rodriguez originally served on the AFCA Board of Trustees from 2005-10 and was renamed to the board in 2015. He served as first vice-president in 2016.
In addition to Rodriguez, the 2017 AFCA officers include first vice-president Bill Cronin of Georgetown College (Ky.), second vice-president Frank Solich of Ohio University and third vice-president Mike Riley of the University of Nebraska.