Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/11/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Temple University lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton High) was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame Sunday, adding to a long list of honors she has achieved in her career. Rosen, earning the honor as both a former player and coach in the state, was one of seven inductees at the ceremony held at Yale University.
“I’m both thankful for and humbled by the honor,” said Rosen. “I’m proud of the years I spent in Connecticut both as an elite player and college coach. The induction ceremony was a first-class event. It was an honor to be recognized amongst these coaches, officials and contributors to the game.”
The Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame was established to honor men and women, past and present, who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials, or administrators have contributed to the growth of lacrosse in Connecticut, and who by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life.
The honor was the fourth of its kind for Rosen, who is also a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Harriton High School Hall of Fame.
Rosen is heading into her fourth season as head coach at Temple, after spending 10 years as head coach at the University of Connecticut. Rosen had spent two years coaching in the state of Connecticut prior to that, as an assistant at Yale for both lacrosse and women’s soccer.
Rosen led the Owls to an Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008, and was the 2008 A-10 Coach of the Year.
A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Rosen was a four-year, two-sport athlete, playing both lacrosse and field hockey for the Cavaliers under coach Jane Miller. In 1991, Rosen helped lead the lacrosse team to its first NCAA Division I National Championship. During her career at Virginia, she earned regional All-American honors and was named Captain and MVP of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams in her senior year.
Her successful collegiate career has been followed by a storied National Team career. Since first making the United States National Team in 1992, Rosen has competed in several tours including trips to Great Britain (1996) and Australia (1997).
In 1997, Rosen was a starting defender for Team USA at the World Cup Championships in Edogowa, Japan, when it captured the gold in a thrilling sudden-death victory. Four years later, Rosen once again had the honor to wear the USA uniform and help the team go undefeated in play capturing the 2001 World Championship and her second gold medal in High Wycombe, England.
Now a 12 year veteran of the squad, Rosen was selected to the 2003-2004 Elite Team and was a silver medalist at the 2005 World Cup Championships.
In 2000, Rosen was honored by being inducted into the Harriton High School Hall of Fame and in 2002 she received the distinction of being inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, making her one of the youngest persons to be inducted into that Hall of Fame.
She was named to the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) 50th Anniversary Lacrosse Team and as one of Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s Top 50 All-Time Players. Most recently, Rosen was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rosen is very active in the sport of lacrosse serving on various committees and boards. She has chaired the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee, the All-Region Committee, the IWLCA Ethic Committee and has served on the IWLCA Rules Committee, and the IWLCA All-American Committee. She was the first President of the BIG EAST Lacrosse Coaches Association.
She has represented the Athletes Council on both the US Lacrosse Board of Governors and Board of Directors. She is a member of the US Lacrosse Safety Education Committee and currently serves on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors representing college coaches. Rosen also is a US Lacrosse Coaches Education Trainer and is part of a nation-wide initiative to grow the sport across the country by training coaches to teach lacrosse.
A native of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Rosen is a 1988 graduate of Harriton where she was a three-sport athlete and played lacrosse for head coach Phyliss Pillard.