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Hired at Vanderbilt before the 2007-08 season, Rosamond brought 10 years of SEC experience as a player and coach with her to the Commodore staff. Rosamond coordinates Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts while also contributing to every facet of scouting, player development and on-court strategy.
Her relentless efforts on the recruiting trail have made an enormous impact for the program. The recruiting classes that she has helped coordinate have been ranked among the nation's best each year since she took on the role.
The 2014 recruting class extended that tradition, and the five highly-talented signees -- Paris Kea (Greensboro, N.C.), Rachel Bell (Cumberland Furnace), Christa Reed (Bay St. Louis, Miss.,) and twin sisters Audrey-Ann and Khaléann Caron-Goudreau (Gatineau, Quebec) -- combined to formthe No. 9-ranked class in the nation, according to Blue Star Report.
Rosamond's ability to help land impact players has been vital in enabling the Commodores to continue their string of NCAA tournament appearances. The streak reached 15 consecutive seasons after Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA tournament at the end of the 2013-14 season.
"Kim has come in and made recruiting a full-time job," Balcomb said. "She is really helping us get ahead on the recruiting front, and get after that next-level talent. Kim is high energy and takes a great deal of pride in her job. On top of doing a tremendous amount of relationship-building for us, Kim has an outstanding knowledge of the game of basketball."
The 2013 signing class included Minnesota native Rebekah Dahlman, who became the first player in state history to score over 5,000 career points while earning player of the year honors from both Gatorade and the Associated Press. It also featured Marqu'es Webb, who picked up Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Basketball honors in Alabama. The Hoover, Ala., native helped Hoover High to its second-straight state title as a senior.
The six-member 2012-13 freshman class earned a top-25 ranking from ESPN HoopGurlz, while including two top-100 ESPN players in Morgan Batey and Jasmine Jenkins, while Kristen Gaffney and Heather Bowe were each named Associated Press Players of the Year in North Carolina and Wisconsin, respectively. Gaffney and Bowe also picked up Parade All-America honors.
Several players Rosamond helped bring to Vanderbilt have earned SEC All-Freshman honors, including Elan Brown, Tiffany Clarke, Stephanie Holzer, Jasmine Lister, Kady Schrann and Heather Bowe.
Before coming to VU, Rosamond spent two seasons on the staff at MTSU, where she was hired by Stephany Smith in 2003 as an assistant coach. She served as the interim head coach when Smith left in 2005. During her tenure in Murfreesboro, the Lady Raiders had consecutive 24-win seasons while capturing a pair of Sun Belt Conference championships and scoring two first-round NCAA Tournament upsets (over North Carolina and North Carolina State).
Prior to her time at MTSU, Rosamond spent five years as an assistant at her alma mater, Ole Miss. She was hired onto Coach Ron Aldy's staff in 1998 just months after graduating and would be promoted to recruiting coordinator in 2001.
Rosamond was responsible for bringing a pair top-50 classes to Oxford. Two Tennessee Miss Basketball selections were included in her Lady Rebel classes, with her final group of signees -- highlighted by All-American Armintie Price -- having reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2007.
Rosamond attended high school at Winston Academy in Louisville, Miss., where she was recruited to Ole Miss by Van Chancellor. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Rebels (1995-98). Following her senior year, Rosamond was the recipient of the team's Lady Rebel Award, which is given to the player who excels on and off the court.
As a student-athlete at Ole Miss, Rosamond was the first Lady Rebel to earn All-SEC Academic honors in all four years of her collegiate career.
After serving as the Interim Head Coach at MTSU following the 2005 season, Rosamond worked in the private sector prior to coming to Vanderbilt.
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