March 18, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After leading the University of Michigan volleyball team to its third straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional Finals in 2009, head coach Mark Rosen was selected as one of two head coaches for the U.S. Women's National A2 Program for 2010. It marks the first time Rosen has been officially involved with USA Volleyball.
"I am honored and excited to be a part of USA Volleyball," Rosen said. "It is exciting to be involved at the highest level of volleyball in the country. I am looking forward to it because anytime you get to coach, you learn. I have always wanted to work in their pipeline, work in their system. It will be fun to get to work with some of the other support staff that will be involved with this team, as well as the athletes that we normally coach against."
"A lot of the kids we are recruiting right now have aspirations to play at the highest level in the national program," Rosen continued. "For us to be involved is important and what they look for. It is another opportunity for us to keep Michigan volleyball on the national map."
The 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos coming from 18 different collegiate programs. After training for five days, the group will split into two separate teams. Rosen will coach one team with current Utah head coach Beth Launiere serving as head coach for the other. Virginia assistant coach Jill Kramer and LSU assistant coach Steve Loeswick will serve as assistant coaches.
The 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 program is scheduled to train May 24-28 in Tempe, Ariz., before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held in Phoenix, Ariz. The Open Division flight takes place May 29-June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center.