Brian Rosen knows what it takes to build a championship volleyball tradition.
From 2009 to 2015 at Charlotte Country Day, Rosen guided his teams to 165 victories, two NCISAA 3A state championships (2013, 2014) and two CISAA conference championships (2013, 2014). Rosen’s 2014 Country Day team went 44-1 and was ranked No. 15 in the country, according to maxpreps.com.
Rosen also has emerged as one of the top junior volleyball coaches in the country, serving the Carolina Juniors Volleyball club since 2009. He has taken five consecutive teams to the USA Volleyball national championships.
In 2013, Rosen was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association as one of top coaches in the country, when he was named one of the “Thirty under 30.” That designation is given to the top 30 coaches in the nation younger than 30 years old.
Rosen, now the assistant director at Carolina Juniors Volleyball, was one of two high school coaches to receive the designation.
This year, the 30-year-old Rosen has taken on a new challenge. Earlier this spring he accepted the head volleyball coaching position at 4A power, Providence High.
“I loved my time at Charlotte Country Day and leaving was incredibly tough,” said Rosen. “But I knew if I ever left Country Day, it would have to be for the right fit. Providence is the right fit, the right place for me. From the day I interviewed for the job, I knew the expectation was going to be a state championship contender. I love coming in with those expectations, because it allows me to hold myself and my players to a higher standard.”
Providence High Athletic Director Charles Lansing said “The minute Brian contacted me about the position, I was excited ... for our players and their parents. The best part about Brian is, as successful as he has been, that his focus is on developing players. We have a lot of volleyball talent at this school, and I think Brian is just going to help them get even better.”
Last season the team went 17-11 overall, 11-3 in the conference and made it to the third round of the state playoffs. Providence lost nine seniors from that team, but Rosen says the team still has talent.
He said as many as 40 girls come to open gyms activites this summer.
The 2016 team starts with four the seniors, Emily Konchan (George Mason University commit), Macy Henry, Nicole Dalrymple and Bri Murphy.
However, Rosen said he is equally excited about his younger players, including sophomores Annie Leonard and Carly Peck, who both started as freshmen. Juniors, Riley Outen and Lucy Williams also will be key players, with classmate, transfer, Ashley Cruise also expected to have an impact.
Rosen said assistant coach, Maggie Malone (a former Wingate University player), who was assistant to former Providence coach Stephanie Harpenau, is also a major asset. The coaches and players are eager to start the season.
“Our four seniors have already set the tone. They’ve established themselves as leaders this summer, showing up every day for every open gym, every workout, ready to work, and make sure the entire team knows what is expected of them,” Rosen said. “We don’t treat this as a three-month commitment during the season. This is a 12-month commitment for our players.”
Providence opens the season Aug. 17 by hosting Vance, but Rosen says he’s eager to compete in the SoMeck8 conference, where rivals like Ardrey Kell and Charlotte Catholic help make up one of the most competitive leagues in the state. Providence opens their conference slate at Ardrey Kell on Aug. 24.
Rosen said he is excited about renewing his rivalry with Ardrey Kell coach and fellow CJV coach and director, Zoe Bell, who helped him get started as a coach in Charlotte.
“The day after I graduated from South Carolina, I started an internship with the Carolina Panthers,” Rosen recalls. “I told them how much I wanted to coach volleyball and so the Community Relations director, Riley Fields, told me I had to call a coach named, Zoe Bell.”
Bell is a former Providence Coach who who captured four state titles with the Panthers.
“Coach Bell got me started with CJV and then I got the Country Day job and the rest is history,” Rosen said. “It is ironic that I’m now at Providence, where she had so much success, and now I’m her biggest rival.”
Rosen said he believes the process, of becoming a championship contender starts with effort on every point.
“We preach relentless effort on every point, and that is my expectation for any player who plays for me,” Rosen said. “That kind of effort can be the difference between winning and losing championships. For now, we just have to embrace the process of trying to get back on top. You can’t just snap your fingers and win a championship.”
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.