Georgia Rose is in her third season with the South Carolina women's tennis program after joining the Gamecocks in December 2012. Her combination of toughness and an ability to relate to the players have been pivotal in helping South Carolina move toward new heights of success.
This past season, Rose assisted head coach Kevin Epley in guiding the program to its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a first-round win over Ohio State to finish the year 17-11. The Gamecocks nearly cracked the top-25 in the final poll, coming in at a season-high No. 26 for an improvement of eight places from the year prior. Elixane Lechemia became just the fifth Gamecock in school history to achieve first-team All-SEC honors and South Carolina saw itself with two doubles teams ranked in the top 50 at season's end, a first in over a decade. For her efforts, Rose was named the ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In her first year with the Gamecocks, she helped Epley lead the team to a No. 34 ranking in the final ITA poll. Two student-athletes took home All-SEC Second Team honors with Jaklin Alawi and Katerina Popova, and both finished with national singles and doubles rankings as well. In addition to all-conference accolades for two of its players, South Carolina became the first school in league history to win SEC Player of the Week three straight times. Carolina also fielded two doubles teams with at least 20 victories together for the first time since 2001-02.
Before South Carolina, Rose spent three seasons with Illinois. She joined the Illini staff less than four months after graduating from Northwestern following a standout career, and in her final year garnered ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year accolades after helping the Illini to an 18-8 finish.
As a player, the Mettawa, Ill., native began her Northwestern career with an overall record of 38-8, including a perfect 13-0 in the Big Ten, en route to ITA Midwest Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2006. She also compiled 29 consecutive singles wins, breaking the previous school record of 28.
In 2007, Rose garnered her first career singles and doubles All-America accolades after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA singles tournament. She also earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, finishing the season 5-0 in conference matches and 26-5 overall.
Rose concluded her career a four-time All-American with 125 singles wins, including a 29-2 mark in the Big Ten. She was named ITA Midwest Regional Senior of the Year in 2009, ending the season ranked No. 21 nationally in singles and No. 13 in doubles after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
Additionally, Rose helped lead the Wildcats to four straight Big Ten titles and a final national ranking of No. 2 in 2008 and 2009. She also was only the second player in school history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship all four years.
Rose has been ranked as high as No. 84 on the International Tennis Federation circuit (2002) and participated in both the U.S. Open Juniors and Australian Open Juniors. She was the 2004-05 Care Academy Player of the Year and was ranked No. 699 in the International Tennis Federation rankings and No. 882 in the WTA. She won the 2009 N Club Achievement Award, given to the student-athlete who exhibits the qualities of good citizenship, significant academic achievement and outstanding athletic performance.
She is the daughter of Graham and Barbara Rose. Her mother swam for England's national swim team, and her father played semi-pro soccer in England. Her brother, Andrew Rose, currently plays professional soccer for the Seattle Sounders MLS team.