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Russ Rose retires as Penn State volleyball coach after 43 seasons

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Penn State women’s volleyball head coach Russ Rose announced his retirement on Thursday after 43 years at the helm of the Nittany Lions’ program.

Rose leaves the sport with 1,330 career wins – the most in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history.

According to a release by Penn State, Rose will remain within the athletics department in an advisory role. Karie Schumacher-Cawley will serve as head coach in the interim as the department looks for its next head coach.

“While I have decided to step into retirement, it has been my pleasure to serve as the head coach of the Penn State women’s volleyball program over the last 43 seasons,” said Rose. “My time here has provided my family and me many memories and relationships that we will carry with us. I would like to thank the many players, managers and support staff for their dedication, in addition to all of the assistants who helped shape the culture and success of the program.”

Under Rose’s leadership, the Nittany Lions won seven NCAA titles, including a run of four-straight championships, and 17 Big Ten Championships. Penn State’s 41 NCAA Tournament appearances under Rose is an NCAA best, as well as their 106 NCAA tournament matches won. With a winning percentage of more than 85 percent, Rose’s teams won at least 30 matches in a season 28 times. Four players have won national player of the year and 112 have been named All-Americans.

Rose’s teams also went on a 109-match win streak from 2008-2009, when both teams went undefeated in back-to-back seasons.

“We send our heartfelt congratulations to Russ Rose on a phenomenal career at Penn State, and decades of tremendous impact on students, staff and community,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “He has been a mainstay of our community for more than four decades and will long be remembered for raising the profile of women’s volleyball, not just at Penn State but nationally.”