PISCATAWAY, NJ - Edgar De La Rosa has been named Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Rutgers University, it was announced today by Scarlet Knight head basketball coach Gary Waters. De La Rosa’s appointment begins June 21.
De La Rosa, 44, has held several positions in college basketball over the past two decades, all in the metropolitan area. Most recently, De La Rosa has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Stony Brook University under head coach Nick Macarchuk, where he was involved in all day-to-day coaching responsibilities including player development, pre-game preparation and recruiting.
Prior to his stint at Stony Brook, De La Rosa spent five years at Fordham as an assistant on Macarchuk's staff, where he aided the Rams in pre-game strategy as well as on-court coaching and recruited the New York City area.
At Rutgers, De La Rosa’s many administrative duties will include interacting with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in areas such as team travel, facility scheduling for practice and competition, team and office equipment requirements, team banquets, social functions and fund-raising events. In addition, he will serve as the director of The Gary Waters Basketball Camp.
I am excited to add Edgar De La Rosa to our staff here at Rutgers,” said
Waters. “We are extremely fortunate to have landed such a high-quality
individual for this position. Edgar possesses a wealth of experience and his
organizational and administrative skills will be major assets to our program.”
De La Rosa also possesses international coaching experience. In June of 2003, De La Rosa served as an assistant for the Dominican Republic National Team at the Central Basket Games in Culiacan, Mexico. The Dominican Republic finished second at the Central Basket Games and advanced to the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, where the team advanced to the finals before falling to gold medal winner Brazil. De La Rosa's international experience has also included being the head coach of a junior team in the Dominican Republic. He also coached the New York City team in the Empire State Games, leading the 1999 and the 1998 teams to a gold medal, the 1996 and 1997 squads to a silver medal and the 1995 team to a bronze medal.
“ I’m really looking forward to working with Gary Waters, his staff, and the players here at Rutgers,” said De La Rosa. “Rutgers has a great tradition, and the future is even brighter. I’m excited that I will be a part of it.”
Prior to his tenure at Fordham, De La Rosa was an assistant coach at Division III power New York University for five seasons. While at NYU, De La Rosa helped the Violets achieve five consecutive winning seasons and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. The Violets advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship game in 1993-94, where they were defeated in overtime. He was part of the 1992-93 and 1993-94 UAA Coaching Staffs of the Year.
Before his stint at NYU, De La Rosa was an assistant at Bishop Ford High
School in Brooklyn, his alma mater, for three seasons.
As a player, De La Rosa captained St. Francis (NY) in 1981-82, and finished his career as the all-time free throw percentage leader in school history. He also ranks second all-time in total assists. In January of 2003, he was inducted into the St. Francis (NY) College Hall of Fame.
De La Rosa is a 1983 graduate and he and his wife, Myrna, have two children:
Julian and Lauren.