Although TJ Rosene, head men’s basketball coach at Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, Georgia), is only 38 years of age, he is—remarkably—entering his fourteenth year as a head college coach. He was hired at 23 years of age and was at the time the youngest college coach in the country. He has already compiled over 300 wins as a college coach. He has most recently put together eight straight 20-win seasons. His accolades include playing in four national championship games, several conference championships and multiple south regional championships. He has three times been named a National Coach of the Year, five-time Regional Coach of the Year, four-time Conference Coach of the Year, and twice named the Georgia Coach of the Year.
TJ currently serves as the director for coach development for PGC and oversees all PGC/Glazier coaches’ clinics. He has been a director with PGC for 5 years. He has been speaking at clinics for years including the “Read & React” clinics with Rick Torbett and has helped Better Basketball create a Quick Hitters video for their “Read & React Offense” series.
TJ earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Reinhardt University and his Master’s in Postsecondary Education from Troy University. He played high school basketball at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Georgia where he played for his father, Bob Rosene, a very successful high school coach in both California and Georgia. TJ set many school records at Oconee before accepting a scholarship with Presbyterian College. He finished his college career at Reinhardt University, where he met his wife, Erin. TJ and Erin have been blessed with three children, Boston (9) and Bella (8) and Presley (2).
TJ attended his first PGC course in the summer of 2008 and says, “I was amazed by how much on-the-court and off-the-court information I was able to take in. It was one of the most powerful weeks in my coaching career.”
You can connect with TJ on Twitter at @CoachTJRosene.
What They're Saying About TJ
“I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how impressed I was with every aspect of the program. From your leadership to your instructors, I believe you have made a positive impact both on my son as well as me. I will admit to coming to PGC as a coach and thinking I wouldn’t learn much. I have been to a lot of “camps” in my time and thought this would primarily be good for my son. There are not many times that I think I got more than I paid for, but as far as I am concerned you couldn't charge enough for the experience we both had. I believe it will change my son’s life as well as my own. I am going to use SCHAPE with all of my teams and we have instituted its principals in my own home!”
— Sean O'Neil, Hudson, New Hampshire
“I had the pleasure of watching your team for the first time this past weekend in Kansas City, with my son, who is a high school freshman. As a dad, I was looking for a team of players that I could hold up to him as a positive example of what College athletics is all about. While watching your team play in the quarter finals, I discovered that positive representation in your team. By coincidence, several of your players sat around us to watch the next quarter final game. As a father of a hopeful young athlete, I could not have been happier or more impressed with their manner and conduct.
It is a rare time when you interact with young people who have firm handshakes, look you right in the eye, and say, 'yes sir, thank you sir'. You did something right with these young men, and that is the biggest congratulations due to any college coach. I don't know for sure if my son will develop in to a college athlete. But, if he does, I can only hope that one day he can represent his coach, his team, and his university like your team represented Emmanuel College. And if he does develop into a college prospect, I will look you up. I would be proud to turn him over to you to coach.”
— Chuck Chesnut, Kansas City, MO