Entering his 29th season as head coach at Penn State University, Russ Rose has amassed more wins in NCAA Division I women's volleyball than all but two other active coaches. Rose is on pace to earn career victory number 900 in 2007, a feat only accomplished by five other active coaches at any level of NCAA women's volleyball. Rose's teams have an overall record of 894-158 (.850), the best winning percentage of any active coach in Division I with at least five years of Division I head coaching experience.
Rose led the Nittany Lions to three consecutive NCAA Division I Championship matches from 1997-1999, winning the championship crown in 1999. Having never posted less than 22 wins in a season, Rose has guided his Penn State teams to 10 Big Ten titles in 16 years, including their current streak of four consecutive outright league championships, a feat never before accomplished in that conference. Of the six times a Big Ten school has gone undefeated in league play, Rose's Penn State teams own three of them (1998, 1999, 2005).
Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Rose was a part-time coach at George Williams College, his alma mater, before becoming the defensive coach for one season at the University of Nebraska, while earning his master's degree. Rose has also served several stints as either head coach or assistant coach for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams.
"Coach Rose's knowledge of the game, success on the court and game management skills make him one of the greatest coaches in the sport today," said Salima Rockwell, Penn State assistant coach and former player under Rose, in her nomination letter. "Having played for him and now back as his assistant coach, I have had the privilege to learn not only about the game of volleyball, but about life itself."