Tim Rose’s experience as a football coach is matched only by his enthusiasm for the game. A veteran of more than 40 years in the coaching business, the Rockets’ defensive coordinator is considered one of the most innovative minds in college football. He never stops learning his craft, and continues to adapt fresh ideas to the ever-changing game of college football.
In three seasons as UT’s defensive coordinator, Rose has built the Rocket defense into one of the best in the MAC. The 2005 team ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 1 in total defense, which was a huge turnaround from the previous season in which UT ranked seventh in scoring defense and ninth in total defense. The Rockets went from giving up 31.1 points per game in 2004 to allowing just 21.8 in 2005. UT’s yardage allowed dropped from 417.5 to 316.8, which ranked 21st in the nation. Toledo’s defense overwhelmed UTEP in the 2005 GMAC Bowl, holding the Miners’ high-scoring offense to just 13 points.
All of this was business as usual for Rose, who has 21 years of experience as a defensive coordinator at nine Division I-A schools: Miami University (1978-82), Memphis (1992-95), Cincinnati (1995-96), Minnesota (1996-97), Boston College (1997-98), East Carolina (1999-2002), Eastern Michigan (2003), Louisiana Tech (2004) and Toledo. He was also the head coach at Miami for seven years from 1983-89.
The common denominator at all of Rose’s coaching stops: a defense that improves drastically from almost the moment he arrives on campus.
"Tim has coached on every level of college football and has a reputation of improving the defense wherever he goes," said Head Coach Tom Amstutz. "He has a lot of energy and radiates a positive feeling to the players and other coaches. He’s a fiery coach who brings a lot to our program."
Rose served as the head coach at Miami from 1983-1989 and orchestrated perhaps the biggest upset in the program’s history with a 21-12 victory over No. 8 ranked LSU in Baton Rouge during the 1986 season. He also led that 1986 squad to the Mid-American Conference championship, the school’s last title until 2003, and a berth in the California Raisin Bowl. His 1985 team also registered an impressive 8-2-1 record.
But more recently it was Rose’s work as a defensive coordinator that won him praise. During the 13 seasons prior to his arrival at UT, five of Rose’s defensive units finished the season ranked in the top 20 in the country in scoring defense. Under Rose in 2004, Louisiana Tech’s defense experienced dramatic improvement from the previous season. The Bulldogs allowed 407.8 yards per game in 2004, an improvement of more than 100 yards per contest over 2003 (510.5 ypg).
Rose achieved similar improvement in his one season at Eastern Michigan in 2003. Despite the fact that EMU played three of the nation’s top 10 offenses and six of the top 48, Rose’s defense improved from 117th in the nation in scoring defense and total defense in 2002, to 76th in total defense and 87th in scoring defense in 2003.
While serving as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at East Carolina from 1999-2002, Rose helped lead the Pirates to three straight bowl appearances, including the 1999 Mobile Bowl, the 2000 Gallery Furniture.com Bowl and the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
Rose was selected as one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in 1999, and was also chosen to coach in the 1994 Blue-Gray All-Star Classic in Montgomery, AL.
A native of Cleveland, Rose graduated from St. Joseph H.S. in 1959 and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He went on to coach high school football in Cincinnati at Elder High School and Moeller High School. He entered the college ranks at Miami as the defensive coordinator in 1978.
Rose and his wife Joyce have three children, daughter Kristine, and sons Craig and Kurt. They also have four grandchildren, Charlie (10), Tommy (8), Allesandro (5) and Francesca (2).
Age: 66 (born 10-14-41)
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Alma Mater: Xavier ‘63
2005- Toledo, Defensive Coordinator
2004 Louisiana Tech, Defensive Coordinator
2003 Eastern Michigan, Defensive Coordinator
1999-2002 East Carolina, Defensive Coordinator
1997-98 Boston College, Defensive Coordinator
1996 Minnesota, Defensive Coordinator
1995 Cincinnati, Defensive Coordinator
1992-94 Memphis, Defensive Coordinator
1983-1989 Miami (Ohio), Head Coach
1978-82 Miami (Ohio), Defensive Coordinator
1975-77 Boulder (CO) H.S., Head Coach
1967-74 Lorain St. Mary’s (OH) H.S., Head Coach
1964-66 Cincinnati Moeller (OH) H.S., Asst. Coach
1963-64 Cincinnati Elder (OH) H.S., Asst. Coach
Playing Experience: Xavier (1960-63)
Recruiting Areas: Northwest Ohio