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Leisa Rosen: From Wasilla to Columbus to Ann Arbor
Michigan associate head coach Leisa (Wissler) Rosen has worked alongside her husband, head coach Mark Rosen, for the last 18 seasons, coaching seven All-Americans and guiding the Wolverines to NCAA post-season play 15 times. Under the Rosen coaching staff, Michigan has also earned 55 wins over top-25 opponents, while being ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 poll in each of the last ten seasons.
Rosen works primarily with the Wolverines' defense, overseeing the training for Michigan's middle blockers and liberos, including All-Americans Abby Cole, Jennifer Cross, and Erin Moore. She also manages and coordinates all of Michigan's recruiting efforts, and the Wolverines have had a top-ranked recruiting class or a top-ranked recruit in each of the last six years. Prior to the 2001 season, Rosen was promoted to Associate Head Coach after spending her first two years at Michigan as an Assistant Coach.
Rosen preceded her appointment at Michigan with a one-year coaching stint at Boise State University. While at Boise State, Rosen served as recruiting coordinator for the volleyball program, and was promoted to associate head coach before accepting the Michigan position. In addition to organizing Boise State's recruiting efforts, Rosen worked with the Bronco squad in all phases of the game, with her primary focus being the middle blockers.
Rosen began her coaching career with the Central Ohio Volleyball Club in 1992. She followed that with a two-year stint as the 16-Gold coach of the Kern River Volleyball Club in Bakersfield, Calif. (1993-94). While coaching the Kern River Volleyball Club, Rosen played professionally for the San Diego Spikers of the National Volleyball Association.
Before her professional coaching career, Rosen was a standout collegiate performer for the Ohio State University Buckeyes (1988-91). During her collegiate career, the Buckeyes won two Big Ten Conference championships (1989, '91) and advanced to the 1991 NCAA Championship Semifinals. Rosen also garnered numerous individual accolades at Ohio State. As a senior, she was selected the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, AVCA All-America second team and was the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. Rosen was named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team three times (1989, '90, '91). She captured Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1988 and also competed in the United States Olympic Festival in 1989 and 1991. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
Rosen, a native of Wasilla, Alaska, was honored as one of the 50 greatest sports figures of the 20th century from the state of Alaska by Sports Illustrated.
Rosen earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio State in 1992. She is married to Michigan head coach Mark Rosen, and the couple has two sons: Brady and Cameron.
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