FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University Director of Athletics Michael Mominey announced on Friday afternoon that Brian Rosen has been hired to take over the Sharks volleyball program. Rosen becomes the 12th head coach since the program’s inception in 1985.
“After an extensive national search, I am really excited to have Brian Rosen lead our volleyball program back to national prominence,” said Mominey. “His goals, philosophies and passion are second to none and he is the perfect fit at the perfect time. I believe the program will be competitive in a short amount of time.”
Rosen joins the NSU coaching staff after spending two years at Davidson College as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. In the past year, Rosen helped improve the Wildcats’ hitting percentage by over .100 and coached All-Academic and All-Atlantic 10 Conference team member Mason Rooney and A-10 All-Rookie member Ellie Crosley.
In addition to coaching for the Wildcats, Rosen also has been serving as the Carolina Juniors Club Director and National Team Head Coach since Nov. 2008. Since his start, he has coached seven consecutive teams to USAV National Championship bids and has also coached four consecutive recipients of the NC Gatorade Player of the Year award and one AVCA First Team All-American.
“First of all, I would like to thank Michael Mominey, Angie Jabir and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to represent Nova Southeastern University and lead the Sharks volleyball program,” explained Rosen. “The passion from everyone in the athletic department is what excites me the most. NSU is in the perfect position to be successful, as it offers incredible academic programs, has one of the best athletic facilities in the country, an athletic department that loves volleyball, we are able to compete in the best DII conference in the country and get to go to class miles from the beach in south Florida. I am eager to get to work, and help this program reach its full potential in the classroom and in the Sunshine State Conference.
“I would also like to thank Chris Willis, head coach at Davidson College, for helping me grow so much as a coach, and learn what it takes to be a successful at this level. Without his support, I would never have the confidence that I do now to take the NSU program to the next level. It is bittersweet to leave Davidson, but I have received so much love and support from all of the student-athletes and friends in this community. I will forever be grateful for my time at Davidson and coaching volleyball throughout the Charlotte area the past 11 years.
“My wife and I were born and raised in Florida so we are excited to return home and be close to family. We could not be more excited about the opportunity to be a Shark!”
Prior to starting at Davidson, Rosen spent seven years (July 2009-May 2016) as the girl’s head volleyball coach at Charlotte Country Day School. During his tenure, he coached the program to an overall record of 169-66, earning two state championship and conference championship titles in 2013 and 2014. After those two stellar seasons, he was named the Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year. In 2012 and 2013, he was named the South Charlotte News & South Charlotte Weekly Coach of the Year while also being nominated as the AVCA National HS Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In addition, he was honored with the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award in 2013; one of just two high school coaches to receive the honor.
Immediately before joining the Wildcats, Rosen served as the head coach at Providence High School, producing an undefeated regular season for conference and tournament titles, garnering 2016 Conference and South Charlotte Weekly Coach of the Year honors.
Since the start of his coaching career in 2005, Rosen has also spent time as a volunteer assistant coach at Winthrop and the head coach of the men and women’s club volleyball teams at the University of South Carolina.
Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Entertainment Management, graduating cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Originally from Altamonte Springs, Rosen will be joined in Fort Lauderdale by his wife Angelica and their daughter Bryce.