Onnidan's HBCUSports | Donovan Rose retained as Hampton Head Football Coach
In response to mounting speculation, Mr. Novelle Dickenson, Director of Athletics at Hampton University, announced on Monday that Donovan Rose will be continuing as Hampton University’s Head Football Coach.
Since Rose’s return to Hampton in 1991, the Pirates have won 14 championships, graduated over 225 student-athletes and placed over 50 players in professional leagues. Rose has developed and placed several players in the pros and recruited several players who were either drafted or became free agents in the NFL.
In four seasons as head coach, Rose has gone 21-22 – including a personal-best 7-4 in 2011. The Pirates went 3-7 this past season, going 3-5 in the MEAC.
Rose graduated from Hampton in 1979 with a degree in business management. He went on to play for three years in the NFL, ending his career with the Miami Dolphins in 1988. Rose also spent several years playing in the Canadian Football League, winning the Grey Cup with Winnipeg in 1984.
Prior to being named head coach of the Pirates in 2009, Rose spent 18 years as an assistant with the program.
“’Humbled’ and ‘honored’ are the words that come to mind,” Rose said. “I’m both eager and poised to continue our task of building a Dynasty of Domination at our Home by the Sea.”