June 2, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Chandler Rose has agreed to become a full-time member of the Air Force baseball coaching staff, according to an announcement today by head coach Mike Hutcheon. Rose served as a part-time assistant the past two years. Details on his contract are still being worked out and are going through the Academy process.
Rose replaces Maj. Mike Kazlausky, who left the program following this season. Rose's primary responsibilities will be working with the infielders and assisting Hutcheon with the Falcon hitters. In his two years with the program, Air Force has improved its defensive fielding percentage both years. This year's team fielding percentage of .957 tied the 1979 team for the best fielding percentage ever at Air Force.
"Adding Chandler to our staff in a full-time position will give our program the stability and continuity we need for our continued success," Hutcheon said. "Our players and staff are delighted to have one of the best young college coaches as part of our staff. I am delighted that our administration showed the support they have for our program by supporting me in the hiring of Coach Rose."
Rose came to the Academy in 2007 after one year as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. Rose helped lead FGCU to a 41-17 record and a trip to the NCAA Div. II South Regional in 2006.
This past summer, Rose was an assistant coach for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League for the second-season in a row. Rose was named NWL Coach of the Year as the Beetles led the league in hitting under his guidance.
Rose is a 2004 graduate of Central Florida, where he was a two-year letterwinner. Rose was an Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection his senior year as a shortstop and helped lead UCF to the Atlantic Sun Championship and played in the championship of the Tallahassee Regional.
Rose began his collegiate playing career at New Orleans playing for the Privateers as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to UCF. The Fort Myers, Fla., native got his coaching start as an assistant for the Winter Park Diamond Dogs of the Florida Collegiate League in 2005. Rose has also worked at the University of Florida, UCF and FGCU summer baseball camps.