Nicole Rose is in her seventh season as the head coach of the Davis & Elkins men’s and women’s swimming programs in 2020-21.
Rose has continued to develop her programs in and out of the pool. The teams routinely earn CSCAA Scholar All-America team honors and continue to set new records in the pool.
The 2019-20 season featured 12 All-MEC awards for the Senators at the league championships, a 5-1 overall record on the men’s side and a 6-1 mark on the women’s side as D&E transitioned into the MEC for its first season. The swimming teams combined for an 8-1 mark in home meets and the squads had six MEC Swimmer of the Week awards (Jiwh Santos, Vignesh Muley, Chris Carter, Jaime Boulier, Jiwh Santos, Mia Ellison).
Also impressive outside the pool, both squads earned College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American honors for 2019-20. The women’s swimming program led NCAA DII with 325 hours of community service and the men’s team was second nationally with 327 hours, according to Helper-Helper.
In 2018-2019, Rose oversaw top five conference finishes on both sides, and Pedro Gaspar’s conference championship in the 200 Freestyle.
Rose’s programs are also known for their involvement in the community, with both Men’s and Women’s Swimming ranking in the top 10 programs in Division II for their respective sports in 2018-2019.
After a 2016-17 season where the Senators swim program set nearly every record in the pool, the 2017-18 men’s and women’s squad combined for 15 more program records, led by Great Midwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Pedro Gaspar.
In 2015-16, the Senators swim program also won three postseason awards, including Freshman of the Year, Academic Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the Year for D&E, a record for the program.
Rose took over the D&E 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. Among her administrative duties, she was responsible for practice and meet administration, fundraising, team travel arrangements and worked specifically with the distance, breaststroke and individual medley swimmers.
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 where she guided the teams to their highest district finishes and broke 10 school records. She also served as an assistant coach at Steubenville High School for two seasons.
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.
Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wheeling Jesuit in 2004. She also completed her master’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit in business administration. She resides in Elkins.