A proven winner and established recruiter within the Mississippi junior college ranks, Chris Rose begins his seventh season as head coach of East Mississippi Community College’s baseball program.
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, East Mississippi rated as one of the top programs among the NJCAA Division II national ranks under Rose’s guidance. Averaging 30 wins over the two seasons, the Lions also finished 18th nationally in the season-ending NJCAA Division II rankings those two years.
Two years ago, the 29-18 EMCC Lions finished as MACJC regular-season runners-up with a 20-8 conference record. After finishing third in the MACJC State Tournament, East Mississippi made its first NJCAA Region 23 Tournament appearance since 2004.
Prior to that, Rose’s 2014 squad enjoyed a breakout campaign by claiming EMCC’s first MACJC North Division baseball championship since the 1998 season. Along with their 18-6 division mark, the Lions went 32-13 overall to become the school’s winningest baseball team since the 1990 season.
Recently under Rose’s tutelage, the Lions had players selected in the Major League Draft during consecutive years. Outfielder LeDarious Clark, a 12th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2015, was a Northwest League All-Star with the Spokane Indians and began the 2016 season with the Class A Hickory Crawdads. Former Lion middle infielder Chase Nyman went in the 32nd round to the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Rose’s six-year coaching record at East Mississippi presently stands at 134-135. He has taken three of his six EMCC teams to postseason play, including his debut season (2011) on the Scooba campus.
Having won 58 percent of his games with a career head coaching record of 320-228 in 11 seasons at the junior college level, Rose took over EMCC’s baseball coaching duties in 2010 after spending the previous five seasons as head baseball coach at Meridian Community College. With a five-year career coaching mark of 186-93 (.667) at MCC, Rose guided the Eagles to MACJC State Championships in 2008 and 2006 as well as an NJCAA Region 23 Championship in 2009. In his final season at MCC, the 32-19 Eagles claimed the 2010 Miss-Lou Conference title and were NJCAA Region 23 runners-up.
For his teams’ accomplishments at Meridian CC, Rose garnered 2009 NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year honors along with earning MACJC Coach of the Year laurels in 2008 and 2006. He also collected 2008 Mississippi Association of Coaches Coach of the Year recognition.
Rose coached six NJCAA All-Americans at Meridian CC, including 2007 National Player of the Year Tyler Moore, who is now with the Atlanta Braves organization after four seasons with the Washington Nationals. Corey Dickerson opened 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays after playing three seasons with the Colorado Rockies.
Prior to coming to Meridian in 2004, Rose spent four seasons (2001-04) as a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Mobile, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business communication. A former four-year letterman as a catcher for UM, Rose served as the program’s pitching and catching coach under the guidance of head coach Mike Jacobs.
A native of Findlay, Ohio, Rose is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and is an active member of the Baseball Factory coaching organization.
Rose is married to the former Dana Jones of Demopolis, Ala., and they are the parents of two daughters, Peyton and Madeline, and two sons, Cy and Hobbs.