As Bonnie Rosen enters her 13th season at the helm of Temple lacrosse in 2019, her contributions to the sport and to the community continue to be recognized by many. Over the past 12 seasons on North Broad Street, Rosen, a 2010 US Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, has guided the Owls to significant achievements on the field and through valuable growth experiences off the field.
In 2019, Rosen will lead the program in its first-ever season as part of the American Athletic Conference, which has begun sponsoring women's lacrosse starting in 2018-19. The competition will be familiar, but Temple has a veteran team and is poised to make a memorable run. The young Owls finished 9-8 in 2018, missing out on a spot in their final BIG EAST Tournament. The 2017 team had more success, going 13-5 overall and advancing to the BIG EAST semifinals. To start that season, the Owls went 13-2, tying the best start for the program since the 1997 season.
Rosen and her staff were honored as co-Coaching Staff of the Year in the BIG EAST Conference in 2016 after leading the Owls to a third-place finish despite being picked sixth in the league. Temple made its first BIG EAST Tournament appearance one to remember, as the Owls advanced to the championship game before falling to No. 2 Florida. Rosen, also the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, guided Temple to a 13-6 finish overall including a seven-game win streak early in the season.
Temple's 13-member senior class was a huge factor in the success of the 2016 squad, and six Owls earned All-BIG EAST honors including Morgan Glassford and Brenda McDermott who both earned selection to the BIG EAST First Team.
Throughout Rosen's tenure, Temple student-athletes have earned a total of 42 all-conference honors, 12 IWLCA all-region honors, 51 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll spots and 12 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honors. The Owls' six all-conference honorees in 2016 were a program record, and both Glassford and goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik were named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team. Rosen mentored 2018 graduate Nicole Latgis, a defender, to BIG EAST First Team and IWLCA All-Region Second Team honors.
Off the field, Rosen has instilled a strong tradition of academic success on her squads. In every season of her 22-year coaching career, Rosen's teams have been recognized as an Academic Squad by the IWLCA. Despite being one of 19 teams at Temple, lacrosse continues to set the standard academically. In the fall of 2015, the team's 3.58 grade-point average was the highest in the department. At the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year, the lacrosse team's cumulative GPA of 3.51 was the highest among all 19 programs.
Among the BIG EAST lacrosse teams, Temple was recognized in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for having the highest GPA. At Temple's annual Celebration of Champions to conclude the 2014-15 school year, the team earned The Owl Trophy for having the highest GPA. The number of Owls to earn BIG EAST Academic Team honors has been impressive each year, with a record 30 achieving that status in 2015-16.
Highlighting the 2015 season was an 8-1 start that saw the Owls win four one-goal games and get Nicole Tiernan named to the BIG EAST First Team. In a new-look conference with the addition of powerhouse Florida and Vanderbilt in 2015, the Owls went 2-5 and missed out on a conference tournament spot for a second year.
In 2014, Rosen led the Owls as they embarked on their first season in the BIG EAST after 15 years as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Temple narrowly missed earning a berth in its first BIG EAST Tournament, going 3-4 in league play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place. Four Temple players were named to the BIG EAST Second Team, including three sophomores.
In 2013, Rosen guided the Owls to a berth in their final Atlantic 10 Tournament. Temple finished at 9-8 overall, but its 4-3 league mark was good enough for third place.
Over the summer of 2012, Rosen was tabbed as an associate head coach for the Israel Lacrosse Women's National Team which competed in the European Lacrosse Festival in Amsterdam. Her work with the team continued over the following year.
Rosen reached the 100-win mark in her career early in the 2011 season, and in November of 2011, Rosen was honored by the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ). At the annual FOJ Gala, the organization recognized two individuals for their high level of commitment and passion in exemplifying the organization’s mission, which is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors.
After a season that saw the Owls fall short of some team goals, the team began to turn things around in 2010, finishing at 7-10 overall and 4-3 in the conference to earn the fourth seed in the A-10 Tournament. The Owls were only narrowly defeated, 15-13 by top seed Richmond in the semifinals. Off the field, Temple "adopted" its second little sister through the Friends of Jaclyn Organization, welcoming Lily Adkins to the Temple lacrosse family. The team also began participating in the Comcast Connectors program, working with mentors through Comcast in Philadelphia.
The 2008 season was a banner year for Temple lacrosse, as Rosen led the Owls to the Atlantic 10 regular season championship and a record-setting fifth A-10 Tournament crown, while picking up the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors. The Owls finished with a 13-7 overall record, a 6-1 mark in the conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. The 13 wins were the most since the 2003 season.
After capturing the A-10 title, Rosen was selected the US Lacrosse Coach of the Week.
Rosen had a fruitful first season on North Broad in 2007, leading the Owls to the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament and the program’s first win over Richmond since the 2004 season.
Prior to her arrival at Temple, Rosen spent 10 years at the University of Connecticut, starting the Husky program from scratch in 1997. She led UConn to a 2005 ECAC Championship and a Top 20 National Ranking during her decade in Storrs.
In 2005, Rosen led the Huskies to their best season ever, recording a 12-5 overall record and capturing the program's first ECAC Championship.
UConn was nationally ranked for a record five consecutive weeks, peaking at an all-time high of No. 15. For her efforts, Rosen was voted the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. In 2000, the Huskies won a school record 10 games and made a postseason appearance in the Division I ECAC Championships. By 2003, the Huskies earned a No. 18 national ranking.
During her time at UConn, Rosen produced two All-Americans, five All-Region players, 10 All-Big East players and the 2006 Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year. Members of her lacrosse teams have also been honored with Academic All-America, BIG EAST Honor Roll and UConn Honor Roll distinctions. In 2003, 19 players were named to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll and the team received the IWLCA Academic Merit Award for having one of the top three grade point averages (3.37) among all Division I lacrosse programs in the country. Rosen's teams were named to the IWLCA Honor Roll every year since its inception.
Rosen also served as Yale's assistant women's lacrosse coach and assistant women's soccer coach from 1995-1997. During that time the lacrosse team posted records of 14-2 in 1995 and 10-4 in 1996, winning the ECAC Division I Championship in 1995 and finishing second in the Ivy League in 1996.
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 14-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. In 2009, Rosen was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she earned her fourth and fifth such honors when she was inducted into both the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
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 High School where she was a three-sport athlete and played lacrosse for head coach Phyliss Pillard.