Ashley Rose was named the fifth rifle coach in the history of the Nebraska rifle program, when Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst made the announcement on Wednesday, July 23.
Rose comes to Nebraska after spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Kentucky. She inherits a Nebraska program that finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships and returns All-Americans Denise Martin, Lauren Phillips and Rachel Martin in 2014-15. Rose replaces Stacy Underwood as head coach, after Underwood left the program following two seasons at the helm.
“Coach Underwood has built a strong foundation for the program over the last two years, and I have the privilege to facilitate further growth of the team, and I hope to take it to new heights,” Rose said. “The Huskers are known for having good work ethic and character both on and off the range. The University of Nebraska offers incredible facilities and strong support for all student-athletes. It is evident when stepping on campus that each individual is given all the tools to be successful not only while they are at Nebraska, but in life after athletics.”
Eichorst said Rose was an excellent fit to lead the talented young student-athletes in the Husker rifle program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Rose to our Husker family,” Eichorst said. “Coach Rose understands what it takes to be successful at this level, and I am confident she will be an excellent leader for our student-athletes and ensure that they have the best collegiate experience possible.”
Rose assisted in the day-to-day management of the Wildcat rifle program under Coach Harry Mullins, while coordinating practice plans, matches, team travel, equipment and facility management. She also assisted in recruiting. Rose helped the Wildcats to a third-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Huskers, and I would like to thank Shawn Eichorst and the Nebraska administration for giving me this chance,” Rose said. I also want to thank Coach Mullins at the University of Kentucky and Coach Allan Lollar at Murray State University, who has helped guide me over the years to this opportunity.”
Rose was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain at Murray State. Her career for the Racers included a third-place overall finish in air rifle at the 2010 NCAA Championships. She was a member of the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team in air rifle in 2009. She was a two-time second-team All-OVC selection in air rifle. Rose was also a leader on Ohio Valley Conference championship teams in 2010 and 2011. She helped Murray State to a fifth-place team finish as a junior at the 2011 NCAA Championships and a seventh-place team finish in 2010.
Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Murray State in May of 2012, before spending the 2012-13 season as a graduate assistant for the Racers rifle team. She assisted in the daily operations of the program, including the coordination of team travel and operation of the target system during team matches. She earned her master’s degree in human development and leadership from Murray State in May of 2013. Rose also spent a year as an intern within the Murray State athletic department, gaining a working knowledge of each area in the department.
In addition to her experience at Murray State and Kentucky, Rose spent five years assisting with the Civilian Marksmanship Program. In the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, she served as assistant director, preparing for summer camps by hiring and training camp counselors, coordinating travel and managing the daily operations of the summer camps. She began her association with the Civilian Marksmanship Program in 2009 and 2010, serving as a camp counselor and teaching shooting skills to junior high and high school students.
A native of Eubank, Ky., Rose was heavily involved in campus and community activities at Murray State. She served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s executive committee and represented Murray State at annual Ohio Valley Conference meetings. She was also the vice-chairman of the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans and the Murray State College Republicans. She also spent two months in the summer of 2011 working in the office of Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers at the U.S. House of Representatives.
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