College Sports

Athletic organization moves to Charlotte, hires former 49ers AD Judy Rose

Judy Rose was athletics director at UNC Charlotte from 1990-2018.
Judy Rose was athletics director at UNC Charlotte from 1990-2018. Observer File photo

Former Charlotte 49ers athletics director Judy Rose has joined the National Junior College Athletics Association as a consultant, the organization announced Wednesday.

Rose retired from UNC Charlotte last summer after 43 years, including 28 as the school’s athletics director.

“Our association is very excited to have Mrs. Rose working with our team,” NJCAA President Dr. Christopher Parker said. “Her knowledge of the Charlotte community and her ability to assist us in establishing our NJCAA Foundation, as well as many other initiatives that will afford us an amazing opportunity.”

Rose will work directly with Parker on developing opportunities for individuals and companies to invest in and support the NJCAA, which moved its headquarters from Colorado to Charlotte in August.

“I strongly support their mission, as the NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the U.S., second only to the NCAA,” Rose said.

A native of Blacksburg, S.C., and a Winthrop graduate, Rose was the third woman to be named athletics director of an NCAA Division I program in 1990. She was the Charlotte 49ers’ women’s basketball coach from 1975-82 before becoming a full-time athletics administrator at the school.

“To Judy,” Parker said, “education and athletics are at the core of her interests and she firmly believes there is tremendous value in having the national headquarters of the NJCAA in the Charlotte community."