PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sari Rose has joined the Rutgers women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach, head coach Glenn Crooks has announced.
Rose, a native of Middletown, NJ, and a graduate of Middletown South High School, most recently served as an assistant coach at Butler University (2001-2004), where she worked as the goalkeeper trainer and was involved with recruiting, fundraising, scheduling, camps and team travel.
“It’s great to come back home and be close to my family,” Rose said. “I grew up watching Rutgers soccer, so it’s nice to now be a part of the program. I’m excited to help Rutgers build upon its recent successes as we look to compete for BIG EAST and national titles.”
“We are so fortunate to be able to bring in Sari,” Crooks stated. “I have known her since she played at Middletown South and coached her in the Olympic Development Program over 10 years ago. We’ve always stayed in touch and she has worked my camps, so I have been familiar with her progress as a coach. She is a fantastic trainer and has already made a positive impact in the program. She is passionate about her work and does a great job with all aspects of the program.”
Rose also served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1986 Girls Team for the last four years, helping lead the squad to the 2001 and 2002 regional titles and a trip to the 2001 ODP Nationals. While in Indiana, she also worked at the ODP Region II Camp, the Dynamo Soccer Club Under-9 Team and the Kinderkicks Youth Soccer Camps. She began her coaching career at Parkland (NC) High School as the boys and girls varsity coach from 1999-2001. During that time, she also served as a social studies and English teacher at Parkland.
Rose played at Wake Forest, helping lead the Demon Deacons to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen finish in 1997. She finished her career ranked second in saves and third in shutouts on the Wake Forest career charts. A standout in the classroom as well, Rose was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll (1994-98) and the Wake Forest Dean’s List (1994-98), served as the president of the Golden Key National Honor Society (1997-98), and was named Wake’s 1999 Female Scholarship Athlete of the Year. As an undergraduate, she served as a tutor for the Athletic Academic Services Office and was a member of the Athletes Care Team.
Rose graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in politics and religion from Wake Forest in 1998, then earned a master’s of education degree in social studies secondary education from the same school in 1999. She also attended Wake’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy Summer Business Management Program. Rose holds a “D” License as well as a Level I Goalkeeping, National Diploma and Youth National License from the United States Soccer Federation.
Rose replaces former assistant coach Mandi Risden, who accepted an assistant position at Brown.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-7-5, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) advanced to the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.