King University

King University Athletics
1350 King College Rd Bristol, TN 37620
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Richie Rose

Rose joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2017 season and led the Tornado to a fourth place finish in the Conference Carolinas standings in 2018, their highest since joining the league in 2011-12. King hosted a Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinal game for the first time in program history and followed that with their first win in program history in 2018.

Athlete Honors

5 All-Conference Carolinas selections

1 Conference Carolinas Elite 23 honoree

13 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees

2 Conference Carolinas Player of the Week selections

1 ECAC Player of the Week

1 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week

King Highlights

Earned first win at King in the 2017 season opener at Concord University

Led King to their first home Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship home game, and first win, defeating Lees-McRae in 2018

2018-19 King University Coach of the Year

Year-By-Year Season Recaps

2018-19: The Tornado went 5-5 in Conference Carolinas play, finishing fourth in the Conference Carolinas standings. In their first home Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinal game, King came away with a 3-0 win over Lees-McRae to advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history. Carlos Saavedra was selected first team all-conference while Adonis Wheeler and Jairo Ruiz Caram garnered third team honors. Sam Mburu won the inaugural Conference Carolinas Elite 23 Award, which is awarded to the player with the highest GPA at the final championship site.

2017-18: Rose earned his first win at King in his first game, a 1-0 victory at Concord University. The Tornado played three double overtime games, falling once and coming away with two ties. King closed the season with three straight wins, including a 1-0 win over regional rival Carson-Newman. Ben Allan and Faber Bickerstaff both garnered third team all-conference honors.

Prior to King

Rose was an assistant coach at Milligan College where he helped develop a recruiting strategy and a plan for student-athlete development. Prior to that, he spent six years as the head coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). While at VMI, Rose guided Keydets to their most conference wins in 12 years during the 2013 season. His student-athletes also recorded the highest team cumulative and semester GPA in the VMI athletic department in 2015.

Rose also has NCAA Division II experience as an assistant coach at Lander University from 2004-08. He helped guide the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament for three straight seasons from 2005-07, reaching the third round in 2005 and the second round in 2007. In 2006, the Bearcats won the Peach Belt Conference Tournament title.

Outside of college athletics, Rose has experience overseas, playing for the Middlesbrough Football Club from 1991-94 and the York City Football Club from 1994-97. He also coached for the York City Football Club from 1998-2002 and was an academy coach for the Middlesbrough Football Club in the English Premier League from 2002-04. From 2009-15, Rose was a coach educator for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, helping to instruct coaches to earn their United State Soccer Federation D and E licenses.


Rose earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Lander University and his Master of Science in Coaching Education from the Ohio University.

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