Lee Rose (basketball)

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Lee Rose
Biographical details
Born (1936-10-23) October 23, 1936 (age 82)
Playing career
Position(s)Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959–1964Transylvania (assistant)
1964–1965Transylvania (interim HC)
1965–1968Cincinnati (freshmen)
1980–1986South Florida
1986–1988San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
1988–1989New Jersey Nets (assistant)
1991–1992Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
1996–2001Charlotte Hornets (assistant)
2007–2008Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall388–162 (basketball)
Tournaments8–3 (NCAA Division I)
9–5 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAA Division I Regional—Final Four (1977, 1980)
2 Sun Belt regular season (1977, 1978)
Sun Belt Tournament (1977)
Big Ten regular season (1979)

Lee Rose (born October 23, 1936) is an American former basketball coach and college athletic administrator. He served as the head men's basketball at Transylvania University—in an interim capacity in 1964–65 and on a permanent basis from 1968 to 1975—the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1975 to 1978, Purdue University from 1978 to 1980, and the University of South Florida from 1980 to 1986, compiling a career college basketball coach record in 388–162. Rose twice coached teams to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, with Charlotte 49ers in 1977 and the Purdue Boilermakers in 1980. After leaving the college ranks, Rose was an assistant coach with several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) between 1986 and 2001.

Collegiate career[edit]

Rose, a native of Irvine, Kentucky, is a 1958 alumnus of Transylvania University where he served as an assistant coach after graduation under C. M. Newton. He then took a similar position at the University of Cincinnati before returning to his alma mater as head coach and athletic director and recorded 160 wins in eight seasons.

In 1975 he became the head coach and athletic director at UNC Charlotte, where in three seasons he took the 49ers to one NIT championship game (1976) and to the NCAA Final Four (1977). In 1977 he was named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year, and Charlotte's "Citizen of the Year". In three seasons Rose's record at Charlotte was 72–18 (.800).

Rose left Charlotte for Purdue University in 1978 and led them to the Final Four in 1980, and is one of only ten coaches in NCAA history to take two different schools to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.[1] Rose left Purdue after two seasons after compiling a 50–18 record and finished his coaching career at the University of South Florida.

Later career[edit]

After retiring from the college ranks in 1986 Rose served as an assistant coach for four NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs (1986–1988); the New Jersey Nets (1988–1989); the Milwaukee Bucks (1991–1992), and the Charlotte Hornets (1996–2001). He also served as the Bucks' vice president of player personnel in the mid-1990s.

Rose and his wife reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they attend nearly every Charlotte 49ers basketball game. On June 7, 2007, Rose was hired by the Charlotte Bobcats to be part of head coach Sam Vincent's staff. He has four grandchildren, Lee Rose; Kristi Rose; James Rose; and Alexzander Rose.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Transylvania Pioneers () (1964–1965)
1964–65 Transylvania 21–10
Transylvania Pioneers () (1968–1975)
1968–69 Transylvania 20–7
1969–70 Transylvania 21–7
1970–71 Transylvania 21–3
1971–72 Transylvania 21–6
1972–73 Transylvania 20–7
1973–74 Transylvania 16–10
1974–75 Transylvania 20–7
Transylvania: 160–57
Charlotte 49ers (NCAA Division I independent) (1975–1976)
1975–76 Charlotte 24–6 NIT Runner-Up
Charlotte 49ers (Sun Belt Conference) (1976–1978)
1976–77 Charlotte 28–5 5–1 1st NCAA Division I Fourth Place
1977–78 Charlotte 20–7 9–1 1st
Charlotte: 72–18 14–2
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1980)
1978–79 Purdue 27–8 13–5 T–1st NIT Runner-up
1979–80 Purdue 23–10 11–7 3rd NCAA Division I Third Place
Purdue: 50–18 24–12
South Florida Bulls (Sun Belt Conference) (1980–1986)
1980–81 South Florida 18–11 7–5 4th NIT First Round
1981–82 South Florida 17–11 4–6 4th
1982–83 South Florida 22–10 8–6 4th NIT Second Round
1983–84 South Florida 17–11 9–5 T–2nd
1984–85 South Florida 18–12 6–8 T–4th NIT Second Round
1985–86 South Florida 14–14 5–9 T–6th
South Florida: 106–69 39–39
Total: 388–162

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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