STAUNTON, VA – Mary Baldwin University Athletic Director, Lynda Alanko, has announced that Robert (Bob) Rose joins the MBU staff as Soccer Program Coordinator and Head Men's Soccer Coach. Rose comes to Mary Baldwin following years of coaching youth leagues in the region.
“We’re excited about the future of soccer here at MBU, and it's my pleasure to welcome Bob Rose to the program. He is a builder of teams, and that's exactly what we need at this time.” Alanko added, “It was a difficult decision to suspend the women’s season this year, while we worked to evolve the program through our transition to a fully coed university, but am confident that with Coach Rose’s leadership, we’re on our way to developing a competitive soccer offering for both men and women.”
“I am honored to be joining the MBU Athletics team at this pivotal time,” Rose said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to build out the program. It is clear I am joining a community of teams, and that’s exactly the environment I was looking for.”
“Bob brings direct experience as a competitive player at all levels, and is a life-long student of the game. His passion for the sport is evident, making him the right choice to lead our efforts to organize and restructure the soccer program here," Alanko said. "As a former DII student-athlete, Coach Rose also knows what it takes for students to succeed both on and off the field, and is uniquely qualified to help develop and evolve our program."
Rose has played extensively throughout his youth, collegiate and adult soccer career - competing at the National Indoor Championships; winning multiple national 6v6 championships; and several premier league titles in the Washington International Soccer League and Northern Virginia Soccer League. Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, Rose was an NAIA student-athlete during his time at Flagler College, before playing in the NJCAA Suncoast Conference with St. Pete College, and holds a B.S in Finance and Economics (1996) from the University of South Florida, where he rounded out his collegiate player career.