Salem College

Salem College Athletics
601 S. Church Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small Developing team


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Emma Rose

Emma Rose completed her first full season at the helm of the Salem lacrosse program in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach during the Spirits’ inaugural spring season.

Rose was an integral part in the 2018 team that earned the first win in program history, which came over Sweet Briar on March 7. Exactly three weeks later, Rose was part of the staff that downed N.C. Wesleyan by a 13-12 victory in USA South Conference action.

Rose came to Salem after a successful playing career at Gardner-Webb, where she was a member of the program’s inaugural lacrosse team. A three-year letterwinner, Rose played in 52 games making 50 starts along the way. She completed her Runnin’ Bulldog career with 75 ground balls, 46 draw controls and 39 points as a midfielder.

Rose also made an impact in the classroom, earning Big South Presidential Academic Honors on three occasions. A team captain, Rose was named to the Big South All-Academic team in her senior year.

After graduating from Gardner-Webb with her bachelor’s degree in political science, Rose later earned her master of arts in sustainability from Wake Forest in 2019. In addition to her coaching duties, Rose also serves as an adjunct environmental science professor at Salem College.

Prior to her career in coaching, Rose served as a Project Management intern for SP3 Capital, overseeing a 10-member team. She provided insight and data for impact investing as well as serving as a liaison between the client and project team. Rose’s duties with the Charlotte-based business included creating and making recommendations for funds as well as compiling data.

Rose worked with Fields of Growth International, serving as a blogger for the World Lacrosse Foundation in Kampala, Uganda, Africa in May 2016. In that position she taught lacrosse and various team sports at the Hopeful School. Along with organizing events, she also conducted repairs and maintenance at the school.

The first coaching experience for Rose came in May 2015 when she served as the head coach for the U.S. Lacrosse South Florida Diversity team and BC Blues Travel Lacrosse program. Along with organizing practices, arranging transportation and serving as the financial oversight, Rose assisted the athletes with the college recruitment process.

A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Rose resides in Winston-Salem with her significant other and dog Leo. She is a Pi Sigma Alpha member.

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Emma Rufolo

Emma Rufolo was named as the Graduate Assistant for the Salem College lacrosse program by interim head coach Emma Rose on Monday, August 12, 2019.

Rufolo joins the Spirits after graduating from East Stroudsburg in May 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology that was focused on counseling.

A native of Woodstock, Md., Rufolo played three years at East Stroudsburg after competing alongside Rose at Gardner-Webb during the 2016 campaign. During her time in the Keystone State, Rufolo served as the team captain where she learned the value of teamwork, communication and perseverance. She was able to balance a leadership role, serving as an advocate between teammates and the coaching staff, along with analyzing opponent statistics and tendencies to provide the Warriors with a decisive advantage.

Rufolo made her impact felt on the field as well, earning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Athlete of the Year honors at the conclusion of her first season (2017). That same season she was named First Team All-PSAC and Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II All-Atlantic Region Second Team.

Rufolo continued her solid play as a junior was named to the IWLCA All-America Third Team, IWLCA All-Atlantic Region Division II First Team and Second Team All-PSAC in the process. In Rufolo’s final year on the field, she was recognized as a member of the All-PSAC First Team, IWLCA Division II All-Atlantic Region First Team, IWLCA All-America Third Team and IWLCA Division II Senior All-Star.

In her three seasons at East Stroudsburg, Rufolo guided her team to the NCAA Division II Tournament on in each season and was named PSAC Athlete of the Week on at least one occasion in 2017, 2018 and 2019. During her stint at Gardner-Webb in 2016 she was nominated for Big South Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Year.

She began building her leadership qualities as a coach at the ESU Warrior Lacrosse Camp in the summer of 2018 by demonstrating lacrosse techniques to varying age groups in attendance. She was able to illustrate and teach the fundamentals of women’s lacrosse through her communication skills

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