OMAHA, Neb. – Brian Rosen has been named an assistant coach with the Creighton Volleyball program, head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth announced on Friday, Feb. 18. Rosen has spent the past three years as the head coach at Nova Southeastern, and last fall led the Sharks to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.
“Although it is bittersweet to be moving on from such an amazing group of young women at NSU, I am so excited about this new opportunity that Coach Booth has provided me to join the Bluejay volleyball family,” said Rosen. “She has created a culture of winning and prioritizing family, which are both so important to me. I look forward to using my strengths and experience to build on all of the success Creighton Volleyball has experienced since Coach Booth and Angie arrived. My family and I can’t wait to be in Omaha!”
Rosen arrived at Nova Southeastern in 2019 and guided the Sharks to a 20-13 record in his first season. His program won their final six contests to clinch Nova Southeastern’s first 20-win campaign since 2008. NSU’s 12 Sunshine State Conference wins were a program record, and a pair of student-athletes were named AVCA All-Americans. His team posted a 3.61 GPA to earn a second consecutive AVCA Team Academic award.
After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, Rosen’s team stormed out of the gate with 13 straight victories to open the fall of 2021. The 19 straight victories (counting the end of 2019) were one of numerous school records set in the fall NSU established program-best marks for Sunshine State Conference victories (16), and .800 winning percentage in SSC play, best overall winning percentage in the NCAA-era (.828) and most home wins (16).
The 2021 Nova Southeastern squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 and had three Sharks earn AVCA All-American Honors, AVCA All-Region awards, and All-Conference recognition. NSU finished 25-6 overall with a No. 19 year-end ranking in the AVCA poll. The Sharks were one of two teams to defeat eventual national champion Tampa, but the Spartans returned the favor to eliminate NSU in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
“What Brian has done at Nova Southeastern, turning around that program, is remarkable,” said Booth. “He cares about his student-athletes, and I think he’ll connect really well, not only with our players but with recruits. When you look at our past hires for that position, three of the five have been former head coaches, so clearly, I like people who have been able to navigate their own program and bring new ideas to ours. We’re excited for Brian to do that with us.”
Rosen joined the NSU coaching staff after spending two years at Davidson College as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. In his final year at Davidson, Rosen helped improve the Wildcats’ hitting percentage by over .100. In addition to coaching for the Wildcats Rosen also served as the Carolina Juniors Club Director, where he coached seven consecutive teams to USAV National Championship bids.
Immediately before joining the Wildcats, Rosen served as the head coach at Providence (NC) High School, producing an undefeated regular season for conference and tournament titles, garnering 2016 Conference and South Charlotte Weekly Coach of the Year honors.
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. 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.
Since the start of his coaching career in 2005, Rosen has also spent time as a volunteer assistant coach at Winthrop and served as the head coach of the men’s 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. He will be joined in Omaha by his wife Angelica and their daughters Bryce and Brady.
Rosen replaces Craig Dyer on the Bluejay staff, who took a position at Notre Dame last month. He joins a Bluejay program that has won eight straight BIG EAST regular-season titles and reached 10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.