From November issue of Commodore Nation
A closer look at the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator
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Serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Kim Rosamond plays a key role on head coach Melanie Balcomb's staff.
Rosamond, who was hired at Vanderbilt before the 2007-08 season, has consistently helped the Commodores land highly-rated signing classes that have enabled Vanderbilt to maintain its status as one of the nation's top WBB programs.
Highly-decorated players like Tiffany Clarke, Stephanie Holzer and Jasmine Lister -- along with current Vanderbilt standouts Rebekah Dahlman and Marqu'es Webb -- are just a few of the stars that Rosamond has recruited during her time with the Commodores.
Rosamond arrived at Vanderbilt with 10 years of SEC experience as a player and coach under her belt, and her contributions to the Commodore staff include a wide variety of duties, ranging from scouting to player development to on-court strategy.
"Kim is a high-energy coach, and she takes a great deal of pride in her job," said Balcomb. "On top of doing a tremendous amount of relationship-building for us, Kim has an outstanding knowledge of the game of basketball."
The recruiting classes that Rosamond 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, earning a No. 9 national ranking according to Blue Star Report.
"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."
The 2013 signing class helped Vanderbilt earn its 15th consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament at the end of the 2013-14 season. The class included Dahlman, a Minnesota native 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 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.