Penn State to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Russ Rose as Head Coach

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 31st, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Penn State women’s volleyball is celebrating head coach Russ Rose‘s 40th season at the helm with a social media celebration and more on Friday night.

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With our celebration of Head Coach Russ Rose’s 40th season this weekend, we have to post a #TBT to Coach’s first season in 1979!! #WeAre

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(Editor’s Note: For those struggling to find the legendary coach, he is in the top right of the photo).

Players from throughout the years have made their way to State College for the festivities.

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According to the Penn State women’s volleyball twitter account, the Nittany Lions will be posting throughout the day on Instagram and may feature some guests in takeover roles.

Former PSU assistant coach Steve Aird, now the head coach at Indiana after a stint at Maryland, has his Hoosiers at Rec Hall for the Penn State Invitational, where both IU and PSU will face Texas A&M and Temple. Aird was an assistant coach under Rose for the 2007, 2012 and 2013 seasons, helping lead the Nittany Lions to NCAA titles in 2007 and 2013 and a Final Four berth in 2012.

In 40 years at Penn State, Rose has led the Nittany Lions to seven NCAA titles, tied for the most by any institution, and he is the lone coach to boast seven NCAA women’s crowns. PSU is one of two schools that has been a part of all 37 NCAA Championships, while notching 17 Big Ten titles and compiling a 1,249-198 career record. Rose is the winningest Division I coach by percentage all time (86.3 percent) and the winningest active Division I coach in both wins and winning percentage.

The five-time AVCA Coach of the Year and 16-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has produced 44 All-American players, accounting for 97 accolades, four AVCA National Players of the Year and 14 Big Ten Players of the Year. In the classroom his charges have scored 19 Academic All-America honors, four CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year awards and 191 Academic All-Big Ten nods. Five Nittany Lions have gone on to the Olympics, while 25 total have trained with Team USA.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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