Assistant Head Coach
Henry Rolle is in his 19th season on The Plains and works with Auburn's women's sprinters and hurdlers, men's short sprints and hurdles.
During the 2016 indoor and outdoor seasons, Rolle coached four All-Americans. Teray Smith competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the Bahamas under Rolle in the 200m. Transfer Wellington Zaza earned All-America honors in the 110mH with a time of 13.75. Junior jumper, Marshay Ryan, earned first team All-America honors in the triple jump with an eight place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Ryan also earned second team honors with a 12.91m at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
2015 saw All-American selections from Teray Smith and Jonielle Smith. Teray Smith finish 6th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200m with a personal best 30.34. Under Rolle’s tutelage, Jonielle Smith posted a strong freshman season, advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100m. Smith won gold in the 100m at the 2015 Border Clash with a time of 23.71.
In 2013, Rolle coached All-America sprinter Kai Selvon who finished sixth in the 200m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well as World Championship gold medalist and former Auburn sprinter Keron Stewart. Stewart was a member of the Jamaican 4x100 meter relay team that ran the second fastest time in history (41.29). Stewart, who under Rolle's coaching, has posted 25 sub-11.00 times in the 100m dash, finished fifth at the World Championships. All told, five former Auburn athletes that Rolle coached competed at the World Championships in Moscow.
In 2012, Rolle coached a double medalist in the world junior games as well as an NCAA runner-up and nine Olympians all while serving as relays coordinator for his native Bahamas. Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan placed first in both the 100 (11.20) and 200 meters (22.53) at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, while training with Rolle.
Selvon was runner up in the women's 200 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships and four athletes coached by Rolle were named All-Americans. Additionally, Selvon along with Kerron Stewart, Leevan Sands and Sheniqua Ferguson headlined a group of nine Rolle pupils to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
With Rolle serving as relays coordinator in London, the Bahamas brought home its first-ever gold medal in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a national-record mark of 2:56.72. Stewart and Burns also won medals in the men's and women's 4x100-meter relay for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, at the London Games.
2011 featured six women's sprinters qualifying for NCAA outdoor nationals and a total of three All-America selections. The season was highlighted by second-place finishes by the 4x400m relay team and by Joanna Atkins in the 400m. Joanna Atkins also earned an SEC outdoor title in the 400m.
During the 2010 NCAA season, Rolle's sprinters excelled as usual, led by Sheniqua Ferguson, who won the NCAA indoor title in the 200 meters, earned five All-American honors and was named the SEC Female Runner of the Year during the outdoor season after earning the Commissioner's Trophy as the high point scorer at the meet. Rolle also coached Joanna Atkins to four All-American honors, Nivea Smith to three and four others to one each in 2010.
Rolle's 2009 season was highlighted at the collegiate level with Joanna Atkins' national title in the 400 meters, while professionally, he coached Stewart, Marc Burns and Josanne Lucas to medals at the World Championships. Stewart won both a gold and silver medal, posting the fifth-fastest time in history in the 100m of 10.75 seconds, Burns earned a silver medal and Lucas a bronze.
Rolle coached four Olympic medalists at the 2008 Beijing Games, including Stewart, who took home a pair of medals. Stewart won a silver medal in the women's 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meters, while Rolle also coached Burns to a silver medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay and Leevan Sands to a bronze in the men's triple jump.
The medals won at the Olympic Games gave Rolle a special achievement, as he has now coached athletes that have won every possible medal at every major international and regional competition. Following the 2008 year, Rolle was also honored by the Bahamas Athletic Association as the winner of the Charlie Major Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Under Rolle's guidance, Stewart emerged as one of the world's top sprinters after a stint at Auburn that included her winning the Honda Sports Award in 2007 as the nation's top female collegiate athlete.
The Olympic achievements came just two months after Rolle coached two Tigers to All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Amelia Anderson was fifth in the 400m hurdles while Danielle Gilchrist placed sixth in the same race. Also during the 2008 outdoor season, Joanna Atkins set school freshman records in the 100m and 400m, and Cache Armbrister broke the school freshman record in the 200m.
In 2007, Stewart won indoor national titles in the 60m and 200m, and also won the 200m title outdoors, before earning a silver medal at the World Championships in the 4x100m relay. In addition, Rolle coached Tracy Ann Rowe to All-American honors in 2007 in the 100m, and Michelle Vaughn was an indoor and outdoor All-American in the triple jump.
In 2006, his athletes were instrumental in Auburn winning its first track and field national championship scoring 53 out of the team's 57 points. Six of his athletes combined for 11 All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including individual national champions Markita James (400m hurdles) and Jovanee Jarrett (long jump).
During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Rolle not only served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, but also coached 10 athletes during the track and field portion of the Games. The group included Trinidad & Tobago's Darrel Brown, Fana Ashby and Ato Modibo, Bahamian's Osbourne Moxey, Leevan Sands, Timicka Clarke and Dominic DeMerritt, Jamaican's Elva Goulbourne and Dean Griffiths, and Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands.
On December 27, 2002, just prior to his fifth season at Auburn, Rolle was honored by the Bahamas Association with the Henry Crawford Award for Coach of the Year.
Rolle has coached two NCAA record holders as Vonette Dixon won the 2000 NCAA Indoor 60m hurdles in a record time of 7.94 and Elva Goulbourne captured the indoor long jump title with a distance of 22-8. Goulbourne also won five NCAA titles, the 2003 Honda Award (Auburn's first), a Commonwealth gold medal and was named SEC and NCAA Athlete of the Year.
Rolle has coached 18 NCAA Champions and 92 All-Americans in his stint. In addition, Rolle has coached seven Commonwealth medalists, 18 CAC medalists and four NACAC medalists. One of his biggest achievements came in the summer of 2003 at the World Championships held in Paris as he coached Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago to a silver medal in the 100m and a new world junior record of 10.01.
Rolle guided former Tigers Reuben McCoy and Ty Akins to medals at the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships, helping McCoy win gold in the 400m hurdles and Akins earn a silver in the 110m hurdles. He has also coached two athletes into the elite group of sub- 10 second 100m dash sprinters in 2005, aiding Marc Burns (9.96) and Darrel Brown (9.99).
Rolle helped Leevan Sands to bronze in the triple jump and former Auburn All-Americans Osbourne Moxey and Vonette Dixon to the finals in the long jump and 100m hurdles respectively at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. He also coached Dominic Demeritte to gold in the 200m at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and a bronze at the 2003 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England.
Since joining the Auburn staff, many school records have been broken and additional All- Americans added to Auburn's long list of athletes coached or recruited by Rolle; including, former Auburn stand-out and 400m World Champion Avard Moncur, three Junior World medalists: Marc Burns (silver - 100m), Shamar Sands (bronze - 110m hurdles) and Lisa Miller (silver - 1600m relay), two Junior Pan-Am Champions prior to 2000: Shelly-Ann Gallimore, who won the triple jump, and Sanjay Ayre, who won the men's 400m dash. Both Gallimore and Ayre are native-Jamaican's and both earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2000.
Rolle previously served as the head track coach at St. John's College in the Bahamas from 1995-1997. While at St. John's, Rolle led the program to a national championship in 1997. In just his first year at St. John's his squad improved 13 places at Nationals, jumping from 16th to third.
Rolle was also a successful club coach while in the Bahamas, as he coached seven Bahamian National teams, including at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 1997 Junior-Pan-Am team and the 1998 Caribbean and Central American team in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Following his stint at St. John's, Rolle returned to the States to serve as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. While at Oral Roberts, Rolle was responsible for coaching the hurdles.
A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Rolle was a five-time Bahamian National team competitor, earning two silver medals in the high jump and 1600m relay at the Caribbean and Central America Games in 1988.
Scott Richardson is in his twelfth season as assistant track and field coach for the Tigers. Richardson coaches Auburn's vertical jumps, multi events and assists head coach Ralph Spry with the men's sprinters.
Since his arrival at Auburn, his athletes have earned 20 All-American Honors, while two athletes were named academic All-Americans, and nine athletes have captured SEC Titles. During his career, Richardson coached athletes have won 117 individual conference championships and have been a part of 21 conference championship teams. D.J. Smith became the latest Richardson-coached athlete to win an SEC title capturing the 2013 Outdoor Championship while true freshman Jessie Johnson was the SEC runner-up in the women's pole vault.
In 2016, Johnson notched a second place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships in the pole vault with a height of 4.40m. During the outdoor season, Richardson guided Johnson to her fifth-straight top-ten finish at SEC’s with a second-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
Under Richardson’s tutelage, freshman Michelle Atherley broke a 27-year-old school record in the pentathlon when she scored 4153 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn Second Team All-American honors. Atherley earned Freshman All-SEC honors with a sixth place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships.
Johnson's success continued in 2015 as she earned All-American honors after finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. Johnson broke her school record four times during the 2015 indoor season, eclipsing 14-1.25/4.30m at the NCAA Championships. Johnson tied for second at the SEC Championships with a clearance of 14-0.5/4.28m. During the outdoor season, Johnson broke her school record at the War Eagle Invitational with a clearance of 14-3.25/4.35m and placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Johnson finished 13th, becoming the program's first All-American in the pole vault.
In 2014, Richardson helped lead Parker Shearer to a third place finish in the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships. Shearer scored 5309 points, the third-most in school history. At the SEC Outdoor Championships, Shearer placed sixth with 6843 points.
Under the guidance of Richardson, three high jumpers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012. Additionally, Monica Carney (indoor) earned her first All-America honor and Maya Pressley became an All-American for the fourth time. Joining Carney and Pressley at the NCAA championships was men's high jumper D.J. Smith.
In 2008, Richardson coached Raevan Harris to All-American honors and an Auburn school record with a clearance of 6' 2- ¼". In 2010, another Richardson-coached athlete, Pressley, made history by becoming the first woman in Auburn school history to win an SEC championship as a true freshman. Pressley also successfully defended her title during the 2011 campaign. Richardson has mentored three athletes to U.S. Junior Championship titles and several of his athletes have gone on to compete at the U.S. Championships, Olympic Trials, and World Championships. The 2007 campaign saw Mark Johnson finish with All-SEC honors and All-American Honors in the Pole Vault.
During each of his years at Auburn, Richardson has also spearheaded the recruiting efforts that have brought several highly-touted newcomers to The Plains, including the 2010 recruiting class ranked in the top five nationally by Track & Field News. Richardson played an integral role in the recruiting of four sprinters (Keenan Brock, Michael Dehaven, Jeremy Hardy and Marcus Rowland) that set the Auburn record and recorded the fastest 4x100-meter relay mark in the NCAA with a time of 38.30 seconds in 2012. Administratively, Richardson also serves as the meet director for Auburn's home competitions.
Prior to his move to Auburn, Richardson spent the previous seven years as associate head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his teams won 16 indoor and outdoor conference championships. He coached 24 men to 50 Patriot League individual titles and mentored 18 women to 37 conference crowns. Richardson also helped athletes responsible for establishing conference records in the men's indoor and outdoor 4x400m relay, the men's and women's 4x100m relay, the women's 60m, indoor and outdoor 200m and the indoor and outdoor long jump.
On four occasions, the Army coaching staff was voted tops in the league. While at West Point, Richardson also coached one of his post-collegiate athletes, Joe Mendel, to a spot on the U.S. World Championship team in the men's 400m where he made the finals, finishing sixth in the 400m and also running a leg on the US 4x400m Relay in Budapest, Hungary.
His pole vaulters at Army won 11 conference championships, and three earned All-East honors. Richardson helped lead the West Point vault crew to three straight Patriot League titles (2003, 2004 and 2005) and three successive trips to the NCAA Preliminaries and coached 18 sprinters to All-East accolades. All totaled, his sprinters and jumpers set fifteen school records and eight conference records, many of which still stand today. All the while, his men's and women's teams averaged over a 3.0 GPA in an incredibly challenging academic environment.
Richardson, who graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1994 with a bachelor's of science in education and criminal justice/pre-law, served as an assistant coach at Indianapolis in 1994, before moving up to the Division I level when he accepted an assistant coaching position while working on his Master's degree in physical education at Eastern Kentucky University.
During his two years at EKU (1995-96), Richardson assisted with four Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and coached Arnold Payne to All-American honors and a fifth-place finish at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships (45.51). Later that year under Richardson's tutelage, Payne set a Zimbabwe national record and earned a spot on the Zimbabwe national team, competing in the 1995 World Championships in Gotenberg, Sweden.
In 1996, at the age of 25, Richardson took over as head coach at the University of Texas-Pan American, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the country. There, he guided the women's and men's cross country programs to unprecedented heights, garnering first and third place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference. For his efforts, Richardson was voted by his coaching colleagues as the 1997 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
He then returned to his home state to serve as an assistant coach at Indiana University under U.S. Olympic Coach, Sam Bell, before taking his post at Army to work with another U.S. Olympic Coach, Jerry Quiller. Richardson credits his coaching successes to his coaching mentors over the years and also his leadership experiences during his seven plus years at West Point.
Richardson is married to the former Carmen Mann, herself a former four-time All-American track athlete, who works in the Auburn athletics department as a liaison for international student-athletes. The couple has two children, nine-year-old daughter, Olivia, and seven-year-old son, Triston. The Richardson's are also actively involved as foster/adoptive parents in Lee County.
Patrick Ebel is entering his first season as assistant track and field coach for the Tigers. Ebel will coach Auburn’s throwers after spending four seasons with Penn State.
Ebel comes to Auburn with 18 years of collegiate experience and most recently with Penn State from 2013-16. At Penn State, Ebel coached 18 All-America selections, including 2016 United States Olympian and 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year Darrell Hill.
In 2015, Ebel guided athletes to one Penn State record, two- Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year honors and six All-American finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Under Ebel’s tutelage, Rachel Fatherly broke the Penn State record in the women’s shot put with a distance of 56-3.25/17.15m at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She then went on to finish 10th in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning All-American honors.
Ebel also led Darrell Hill to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year honors. With that finish, Hill also became the fourth athlete in Penn State history to finish fourth or higher at the NCAA Indoor Championship in men’s shot put. Hill would complete the sweep of Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year in the outdoor season and finish second at the NCAA Outdoors with a distance of 68-2.25/20.78m.
The 2013-14 year featured four All-America finishes, including two First Team All-America performances and three Big Ten Champions. Will Barr finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships and went on the earn All-America honors with an eight place at NCAA Outdoors in the weight throw (69-9).
During the 2014 outdoor season, Ebel led Michael Shuey and Laura Loht to record breaking seasons in the javelin. At the NACAC Championships, Shuey threw a 249-5 for a Penn State record in the javelin. He was followed by Loht, who threw a 178-6 for a fifth place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2013, Ebel wasted no time in making a mark in the Penn State record books, leading then-junior Will Barr to a record-setting indoor season in the 35-lb weight throw. Barr set the Penn State standard in event on a total of five occasions, ending the season with a lifetime-best toss of 69-11.75 (21.33) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Barr's PR effort was good for sixth place at the NCAA meet, where he became the Nittany Lions' first All-America finisher in the event since 1998.
Ebel guided the Nittany Lions to continued success outdoors, led by a four-five finish by javelin duo Laura Loht and Lauren Kenney at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under Ebel's watch, Kenney and Loht dominated the javelin throughout the outdoor season including a Big Ten victory from Kenney and a Penn Relays title by Loht.
Prior to Penn State, Ebel spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh. During his time at UW-Oshkosh, Ebel developed 53 All-America selections and guided athletes to 36 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. In 2011, Ebel was named National Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
Since his arrival at UW-Oshkosh in 2001, Ebel has maintained one of the most prolific throws contingents in the NCAA. His event area was ranked number one in Division III since he arrived. Statistically speaking, 24 of his UW-Oshkosh throwers were ranked on the all-time NCAA Top 10 lists. All told, Ebel's athletes set UW-Oshkosh records on 43 occasions.
Ebel also left a mark on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), having coaching a grand total of 66 conference championships, and 14 WIAC record holders.
Outside of their athletic success, Ebel's athletes were also outstanding in the classroom, as his women's squad earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2011 with 10 athletes gaining academic honors individually during the same year. As a head coach, Ebel also led the UW-Oskosh women's squad to USTFCCCA Division III Deb Vercauteren Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Program of the Year Award for 2009-10.
After joining the men's and women's program as an assistant coach, Ebel was elevated to Head Women's Track and Field Coach in 2009, while remaining as an assistant coach on the men's side. Prior to his time at Oshkosh, he got his start in collegiate coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1999.
Ebel graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1992, where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. Ebel and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Lauren and Erik.
Greg Stringer comes into his first season with Auburn track and field. Stringer will bring seven years of experience in the SEC to the Tiger staff and take over as the horizontal jumps coach.
In a seven-year stint at Ole Miss from 2009-15, Stringer coached jump and multi-event athletes including nine SEC Champions and 16 All-America selections. Most notably, Ricky Robertson was a seven-time All-American, seven-time SEC Champion and two-time SEC Athlete of the Year under Stringer’s tutelage.
With Stringer’s direction, Robertson became the only athlete in SEC history to claim seven high jump titles.
Ole Miss long and triple jumpers had tremendous success under Stringer, as well. Rachel Jenkins was crowned SEC outdoor champion in the women’s long jump in 2012 and was the SEC indoor runner-up in 2010. Caleb Lee earned All-America status in the long jump three times in his career, while Morris Kersh and Phillip Young both earned All-America status in the triple jump.
Multi-event competitors Fabia McDonald and Mary Ashton Nall flourished under Stringer’s tutelage. Nall had a breakout season in 2013, making the NCAA Outdoor Championships and being tabbed a USTFCCCA All-American in the heptathlon. In 2012, McDonald was runner-up in the SEC outdoor heptathlon. She competed at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and was named an Indoor All-American in the pentathlon.
Both McDonald and Nall were heptathlon participants in the 2011 USA Junior Championships, and McDonald was tabbed the 2011 SEC Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after a school-record performance in the pentathlon.
Stringer enjoyed immediate success during his first season at Ole Miss as he coached an SEC champion in 2009. Jumper Wale Odetunde won the triple jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships and became the first Rebel since 1992 to accomplish that feat. Odetunde was named to the All-SEC first team before going on to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Stringer came to Ole Miss after a 10-year stint at Southern Mississippi, where he worked primarily with the Golden Eagle jumpers.
Under Stringer’s tutelage in 2008, Southern Miss jumper Ashley May competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the long jump and triple jump. In addition, May was named All-Region in both events as she turned in fifth-place finishes. Along the way, May set a new school record in the triple jump and placed third at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships. She also took second in the long jump in at the C-USA Indoor Championships with an NCAA provisional mark.
Stringer consistently had performers provide ample scoring for the Golden Eagles in the jumps. In 2006, he produced the Conference USA long jump title winner in Tanika Liburd. His triple jumpers finished second (Simona Costache) and seventh (Aaliyah Shareef) in the C-USA meet. His men’s performers scored a total of 11 points in the C-USA meet.
In 2005, he had two performers win Conference USA titles in the women’s triple jump (Aaliyah Shareef) and high jump (Krista Miller). Tanika Liburd finished second in the long jump. Liburd recorded an outstanding jump of 21-08.75 at the LSU meet, ranking her in the NCAA top five. In 2004, two performers won Conference USA titles in the men’s high jump and the women’s long jump, with other jumpers scoring points in the men’s long jump and triple jump. His Lady Eagles scored additional points in the high jump and triple jump.
Over his last four seasons at Southern Miss, he had 19 athletes qualify for the regional meet, with high jumper Cedric Norman winning the regional competition and finishing third in the national meet in 2003 and in 2004. Norman finished third at the regional meet and finished in a tie for ninth at the national meet. That same season, Norman recorded a personal-best jump of 7-06.00, ranking as the best jump in the world for several weeks.
In 2005, Krista Miller finished first at the regional meet in the high jump, advancing to the national meet. She recorded a personal best and school record jump of 5-11.25. Miller was a three-time regional qualifier. High jumper Kate Juedes received all-regional honors after tying for seventh in 2003.
Stringer was a two-year letterwinner for Marshall Bell at Southern Miss as a junior and senior in both indoor and outdoor track during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He competed in the high jump, long jump and the decathlon. He took fifth place in the decathlon at the Metro Championships in 1993, helping the Eagles win their second straight Metro Conference title. Stringer followed that Metro performance with a sixth-place finish in the 1994 championships.
During his junior college days, Stringer helped his team, Hinds Community College, to the Mississippi Junior College state championship in 1990 and 1991. While competing at Hinds, he was named the most valuable athlete in the field events in 1991.
Stringer was a four-year letterman in track for Coach Frank Keenum at Terry High School. He was named the most valuable athlete in the field events for two consecutive years. He also lettered three years in basketball and was voted the best defensive player in the 1988-89 season.
He received his undergraduate degree in 1995 in sport administration and coaching with an emphasis in biological science from Southern Miss. He received his master’s degree in education administration in 1999 at Southern Miss.
He is married to the former Angela Mickey of New Orleans, La. The couple has five children, Endia, Gregory, Erin Alexis, Gabrielle Elise and Charlee Grace.
Mel Rosen is in his 22nd year as a consultant for the Auburn track and field team. At the end of the 1991 season, he stepped down as Auburn's track coach to become the head coach of the 1992 United States Men's Olympic team.
At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Rosen coached the men's team to its best showing since 1956. The U.S. men won eight gold medals and broke five Olympic records including three world records. All told, the 1992 Olympic Track and Field team, under the guidance of Rosen, brought home 20 medals. Rosen said, "This event is the height of any coach's career." His selection as head coach of the Olympic team makes him the only Auburn coach ever to head an Olympic team in any sport. In 1993, Rosen was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1995, Rosen was named to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Rosen was inducted the first year he was eligible for the award. He was also inducted into the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.
Rosen came to Auburn in 1955 as an assistant professor in the physical education department. That year he became involved in the Auburn track program as an assistant to head coach Wilbur Hutsell. He was placed in charge of Auburn's distance and relay teams and held that position until Hutsell retired following the 1963 season. Rosen then stepped up to become only the second head coach in Auburn history, beginning his legacy.
Under Rosen's guidance, Auburn won four consecutive SEC indoor championships from 1977-1980. The Tigers won their only outdoor conference title in 1979. That year was probably the greatest year in the history of Auburn track. Not only did the Tigers win the SEC indoor and outdoor titles in 1979, but also placed fourth at the NCAA outdoor meet.
In 1978, Rosen was honored as the SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year in both indoor and outdoor competition. His 1978 team placed second at the SEC outdoor, fifth at the NCAA outdoor, first at the SEC indoor and second at the NCAA indoor. Rosen's teams finished in the top 10 at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships for four consecutive years dating from 1976 to 1979. Rosen repeated as NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1980 and was named SEC Indoor Coach of the Year in 1985.
In Rosen's coaching tenure, he has coached seven Olympic performers. Rosen has also coached 143 All-Americans, including 63 SEC indoor and outdoor champions and eight NCAA champions.
A 1950 graduate of the University of Iowa, Rosen coached at his alma mater as an assistant for three years while earning his master's degree and starting work on a doctorate. He served two years in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was the post track coach.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is married to the former Joan Kinstler of New York. They have two daughters, Laurie and Karen, and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Nathaniel.