COACH DEMARS ON ROSE ? Remarkable story, came in as a non-starter on the team and worked his way up to No. 4 on the team by the end of the year ... Played No. 2 as a sophomore and No. 1 as a junior ... Has a lot of enthusiasm ... We look for him to be our leader this year ... Fighter on the court ... Very solid from the baseline ... Big forehand ... Wears you down ... Never gives up ... Had big wins in the last three years.
AS A JUNIOR ? Won second consecutive USC Fall Invitational ... Finished 2002 season ranked No. 49 in the nation ... Played out of the No. 1 position for the Gamecocks ... Defeated seven nationally ranked opponents including No. 4 Jesse Witten of Kentucky ... Finished 9-4 against Region II opponents.
AS A SOPHOMORE ? Won USC Fall Invitational ... Had 11 match winning streak from 10/20 to 2/24 ... Posted a perfect 5-0 record in tiebreakers ... Dominated Region II opponents with a 12-3 record ... Posted victories over six nationally ranked opponents ... Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Finished season ranked No. 81 in the nation.
AS A FRESHMAN ? Had a breakout season in the spring ... Named ITA Region II Rookie of the Year ... Led the team with the best SEC dual match record at 8-2 ... Won both his matches in NCAA competition, including a win over No. 48 Andres Pedroso from Duke ... Had the longest win streak on the team for the season at eight straight matches.
PERSONAL ? Born December 26, 1980 in Charleston, W.V. ... Son of Gigi Rose ... Enjoys playing basketball, ping-pong, and other sports ... Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ... Admires his mother the most ... Favorite food is pizza . Goal for upcoming season is always give 100% ... Grandparents have had biggest influence on his tennis career ... Chose USC because his high school coach, Steve Longley, played for USC 10 years ago.