Lee Rose (basketball)

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Lee Rose (born October 23, 1936) is an American basketball coach. He was a college basketball coach in the 1970s and 1980s, and an assistant coach in the NBA into the 2000s.

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.

Division I Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charlotte 49ers (Independent/Sun Belt Conference) (1975–1978)
1975–1976 Charlotte 24–6 NIT Runner-Up
1976–1977 Charlotte 28–5 5–1 1st NCAA Final Four
1977–1978 Charlotte 20–7 9–1 1st
Charlotte: 72–18 14–2
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1980)
1978–1979 Purdue 27–8 13–5 T–1st NIT Runner-Up
1979–1980 Purdue 23–10 11–7 3rd NCAA Third Place
Purdue: 50–18 24–12
South Florida Bulls (Sun Belt Conference) (1980–1986)
1980–1981 South Florida 18–11 7–5 4th NIT
1981–1982 South Florida 17–11 4–6 4th
1982–1983 South Florida 22–10 8–6 4th NIT
1983–1984 South Florida 17–11 9–5 T–2nd
1984–1985 South Florida 18–12 6–8 T–4th NIT
1985–1986 South Florida 14–14 5–9 T–6th
South Florida: 106–69 39–39
Total: 228–105

      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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