PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers’ Marian Rosenwasser will retire as the Scarlet Knights’ head women’s tennis coach at the end of June, but will return as the program’s assistant, while current RU assistant coach Ben Bucca will take over head-coaching duties on July 1, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy III has announced.
“I want to thank Marian for her years of service to Rutgers women’s tennis and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as a whole,” Mulcahy said. “She has been a great representative of the University, both on and off the tennis court, as demonstrated by her commitment to her student-athletes’ academic and athletic excellence. I am pleased that Marian will remain an integral part of the Rutgers women’s tennis program in her new role as assistant coach.”
Rosenwasser (316-213) is completing her 22nd season “On the Banks,” leading the 2003 Scarlet Knights to a 13-6 overall record and a 9-2 mark in conference matches. Among her numerous career highlights during her time as Rutgers’ head coach was the 1988 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach-of-the-Year Award.
Rosenwasser will complete her head coaching responsibilities on June 30, and will stay involved with the Scarlet Knights as the program’s assistant coach. She also will continue to teach in the Rutgers Exercise Science and Sports Studies Department, work as a volunteer with the USTA and spend more time pursuing other personal interests.
“I just feel the time is right,” Rosenwasser said. “I look upon this as a win-win situation for everyone concerned. I have had the opportunity to go out in my own time, on my own terms and in my own way. I have spent 22 wonderful years here. Tennis has been very good to me. It has been a great source of everlasting friendships and even an extended family both literally and figuratively. By changing roles, it is going to enable me to continue to perform the parts of coaching that I really love the most, which is the on-court teaching and mentoring.”
Bucca has served as the Rutgers assistant for a total of nine years, including the past three seasons, and will assume head-coaching duties on July 1. The head men’s coach at Middlesex County College from 1981-83, he was the assistant for the Rutgers men’s and women’s teams for six years (1984-90) before rejoining the Scarlet Knights in 2000 for his latest coaching stint. A native of central New Jersey, Bucca played prep tennis at St. Joseph’s of Metuchen and collegiately at Albright College, serving as the player captain for the 1998 ETA 5.0 men’s team that was a national finalist. More recently, he has trained as a triathlete.
A lawyer with the firm Bucca and Campisano, he has been involved with New Brunswick city affairs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Albright in 1980 and graduated from the Seton Hall Law School in 1983.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Rutgers women’s tennis program,” Bucca said. “I am also humbled by having to fill the shoes of Marian Rosenwasser, who has embodied the highest level of excellence in college coaching.”
The Scarlet Knights await the announcement of the field for the 2003 BIG EAST Championships, which will be conducted April 25-27 in Miami, FL.