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Hired before the 2007-08 season Rosamond brought 10 years of SEC experience as a player and coach with her to Vanderbilt, in addition to two season spent locally at Middle Tennessee State. Rosamond coordinates Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts while also contributing to every facet of scouting, player development and on-court strategy.
Rosamond's impact in recruiting was felt almost immediately. Since 2009, Rosamond has instrumental in the Commodores bringing in recruiting classes that were ranked among the nation's best by numerous reporting services.
Her most recent effort may have been one of the best yet, as the three-player freshman class is ranked as high as eighth nationally. The top-ranked recruit is 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. She is not the only player of the year in the class, as Marqu'es Webb 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 class is rounded out by Kylee Smith, who led Alpharetta (Ga.) High School to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history and became the first female in school history to surpass 2,000 career points.
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.
In each of the last three seasons, two players Rosamond helped bring to Vanderbilt earned SEC All-Freshman honors. In 2010 it was Elan Brown and Tiffany Clarke and in 2011 it was Stephanie Holzer (redshirt) and Jasmine Lister, while Kady Schrann made the list in 2012.
"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."
At MTSU, Rosamond was hired by Stephany Smith in 2003 as an assistant coach. She would serve as the interim head coach when Smith left in 2005. During her tenure in Murfreesboro, the Lady Raiders boasted 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, respectively).
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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