D&E names new swim coach

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College has named Nicole Rose as the new men’s and women’s swim coach.

Rose takes over the Senator swim program after spending four seasons as the swimming and diving coach at Lake Erie College, where she was the program’s first head coach.

Rose coached a pair of All-Americans on the men’s side during her time at Lake Erie.

Before going to Lake Erie, Rose was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater, Wheeling Jesuit. During her tenure, the team underwent a rebuilding process that turned a squad of just two returners into 40 swimmers.

“I have so much gratitude and excitement upon accepting the head swimming coach position at Davis and Elkins College,” Rose said. “I want to thank President (Michael) Mihalyo and athletic director Ronnie Palmer for this wonderful opportunity.

“This is such a perfect time in the growth of both the college and the swimming program and I am honored to be a part of fostering that growth.”

Prior to returning to Wheeling Jesuit, Rose coached at the high school level, including one season as the head coach at Staunton River High School and as an assistant coach at Steubenville High School for two seasons.

“We are excited to have Coach Rose join our staff,” Palmer said. “Her experience with starting a program and the vast amount of success she had in just four seasons at LEC will give our swim programs an opportunity to grow in leaps and bounds.”

Rose swam for Wheeling Jesuit from 2000-04, serving as a team captain her senior year, and was an All-Bluegrass Mountain/West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. She has worked numerous swim camps and clinics as a counselor and instructor, including camps at the University of Texas, California University (Pa.) and Hartwick College.

“I feel confident that we will see remarkable progress with this team of hard working young men and women who are currently Senator Swimmers, and I look forward to carrying on the successful traditions this program has established as we welcome additional athletes to our program,” Rose added.

Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wheeling Jesuit in 2004. She recently completed work on her master’s degree, also from Wheeling Jesuit, in business administration.