Tom Rose, a 1995 Goucher graduate, was named as head men's basketball coach in April of 2015 and he begins his fifth season at the helm in 2019-20.
In his first season (2015-16), Rose led the team to a 10-15 record and a sixth-place finish in the Landmark Conference with a 6-10 conference record. One player was named 2nd team all-conference. The ten wins tied the most wins in a single season over the past 10 seasons and the sixth-place finish was the highest a Goucher men’s basketball team has finished since the Landmark Conference was formed in the 2007-08 season.
Rose came to Goucher after spending thirteen seasons as the Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Middle River, Maryland. During his tenure, he resurrected the Cougar Basketball program from the bottom of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association “C” Conference to the top of the MIAA “A” Conference. Over his first six years, he improved the Cougar record from 2-18 his first year to 25-3 by his sixth year. He won a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association “C” and two “B” Conference Championships and the team was ranked as high as #7 in the Baltimore metro area by the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
In the 2014-15 season, his last season, he led the Cougars to a 32-11 record, #1 metro ranking by the Baltimore Sun, reached the MIAA "A" Conference championship game, finished second in Maryland Private Schools Championship to national power DeMatha, and finished sixth at the historical and prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, Maryland. He was also voted the Baltimore Catholic League Coach of the Year by his coaching peers.
His overall record at Our Lady of Mount Carmel was 218-162 and the Cougars qualified for the MIAA playoffs in 10 of his 13 seasons, reaching the conference championship game five times. He is the first basketball coach in MIAA history to lead the same school to the championship game in three different conferences. He was the 2007-08 Baltimore Sun selection for Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year in Baltimore County and coached the Suburban All-Stars in the 2008 Charm City Challenge All-Star game. In addition, he coached the Mid-Atlantic Elite game in the 2010 Roundball Classic. While at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rose coached a First Team All-Metro selection, a Baltimore County Player of the Year, three all Baltimore County players, eleven All-MIAA selections and nine players who received All Baltimore Catholic League honors. Several players continued their basketball careers at Division I, II and III collegiate levels and a few played professionally.
Previous to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rose was the Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Goucher. He joined the basketball staff in 1995 and primarily worked with the low post players, scouted upcoming opponents, and recruited student-athletes from the Mid-Atlantic region. He also assisted with two Capital Athletic Conference championship teams and two NCAA Tournament teams, which each advanced to the second round. Six players during his seven-year tenure were named All-Capital Athletic Conference selections and two were recently named to the CAC 25thAnniversary team. One was awarded to a position on the all-region team and another was twice the Capital Athletic Conference player of the year. After his fourth season as assistant coach, Rose was promoted to Associate Head Coach of the Gophers program.
While completing his undergraduate studies at Goucher, Rose worked for two seasons from 1993-1995 as the head freshmen and assistant varsity coach at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, MD with former Division I Loyola College coach Mark Amatucci. Rose's college career began with the Amatucci coached Anne Arundel Community College team. He was a starter on the 1990-91 team which was ranked as high as #2 nationally. Rose then transferred to Goucher College where he was a two-year starting forward for the Gophers and captained the team his senior year. He was also a three-year standout on the Goucher College lacrosse team and earned all-conference honors.
Rose received his B.A. in Communications in 1995 from Goucher College and his M.Ed. in Athletic Administration and Leadership from Goucher College in 2000. He married the former April Simonsen ’96 in Goucher’s Haebler Chapel and they have three daughters Allison, Julie and Grace.