BETHANY, W.Va. – Long time Bethany College sports information director Brian Rose has been promoted to Director of Athletics and Recreation , according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. Rose has served as the acting director since February 1.
A 1998 Bethany graduate, he will oversee a department that includes 22 intercollegiate sports, an equestrian club team, and an extensive lifelong fitness and recreation program.. By number of sports, it is the largest athletics department of any college or university in West Virginia. He has served as a sports information director for 15 years, including 13 at his alma mater.
“Brian Rose has earned the opportunity to lead the Bethany athletic department,” Dr. Miller said. “He is passionate about his alma mater, widely respected in the profession, and liked and admired by the campus community as a whole.”
A native of Imperial, Pa., and graduate of West Allegheny High School, Rose earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Communication from Bethany in 1998. He joined the staff of Bethany as Sports Information Director after graduation, a position he would hold for more than five years. Rose then went on to serve as the SID at Carnegie Mellon University and Allegheny College.
In August, 2005, Rose returned home to Bethany to once again serve as the SID. Since coming back to his alma mater, Rose has been the host SID for nine PAC Championship events and three ECAC Tournaments and promoted eight of the school’s 15 Academic All-Americans, including five in the last two years. Two-time Academic All-American volleyball standout Jessica Zavatchen was this year’s Bethany Valedictorian and Johnathan Foster, Academic All-American and Campbell Trophy semi-finalist, was recipient of the prestigious Francis O. Carfer Prize as the Outstanding Senior.
Rose is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors Association (COSIDA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA). He worked on the local organizing committee for the 2012 ECAC-SIDA Workshop in Pittsburgh.
“I am honored and thankful that Dr. Miller and the College administration have given me the opportunity to lead this athletic department,” said Rose. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff to not only add to Bethany’s already rich tradition that includes a national championship in men’s soccer, more than 90 PAC titles and 63 NCAA appearances, but to also provide the best possible experiences for our talented and engaged student-athletes.”
He will take the helm of a Bethany program that is in a period of transformational growth. During the past five years, the College has added intercollegiate teams in lacrosse and field hockey and equestrian as a club sport. Funds have been raised to add artificial turf, lights and a new all-weather track at Bison Stadium, new locker room facilities, and significant improvements to weight lifting and fitness facilities.
Rose and his wife Rebecca, a 2001 graduate of Bethany and the school’s Director of Communications, reside in Bethany.