Roses leaving Bucs to assist old mentors

Roses leaving Bucs to assist old mentors

June 15th, 2014 by Kelley Smiddie in Sports - Preps

Ashley Rose

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Cole Rose

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Husband and wife Cole and Ashley Rose have resigned their coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan and have accepted jobs at other Chattanooga-area schools. Both now will be working for coaches they once played for.

Cole has been hired as an assistant to Lee University men's basketball coach Tommy Brown. Ashley has been hired as an assistant volleyball coach to John Gaston at Heritage High School.

Cole spent the last two seasons of his college basketball career playing for Brown, who is about to begin his 11th season coaching the Flames. Cole said it wasn't easy to leave Boyd-Buchanan because he had grown fond of not only the boys in the basketball program but also the students he taught in English class.

"It's always been an aspiration of mine to coach in college," Cole said. "They had some movement on the staff at Lee with Matt Stillwell leaving. The timing just kind of worked out.

"It was definitely a tough decision."

Rose guided last year's Buccaneers team to a 28-4 record and a berth in the Class A state tournament -- the school's first since 1996.

"I'm definitely excited about the future," Cole said of his plans. "But I'm proud of where Boyd-Buchanan's program is today compared to where it was when I came in five years ago. Whoever comes in behind me is going to have kind of a paradigm of how things are done. I'm excited about that."

The Roses are expecting their first child in July, which is the reason Ashley said she wanted to take a pause from being a head coach. Like her husband, she shared her appreciation of her time at Boyd-Buchanan, which included trips to the state tournament in both of her seasons as head coach with a runner-up finish in 2012.

"I love coaching," Ashley said. "I love sports. I love being involved. But right now I don't feel like I need to be a head coach. First and foremost I want to be a good parent. I want to keep my priorities in order."

Ashley played for Gaston her first three years at Ringgold before she moved on to play at Tennessee Temple University.

"One of the reasons I like coaching is because of him," Ashley said. "I used a lot of the drills that he did with us. At times I'd find myself saying some of the same things he said. But it's because it's things that translate so well."

Her duties with the Generals program will include being the junior varsity coach.

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