Assistant Coach • High Jump, Pole Vault
Harold Rose was hired as an assistant coach for Vanderbilt track and field in July of 2023. The 2023–24 season marks his first with the Commodores where he primarily works with pole vault and high jump student-athletes.
Achievements at Vanderbilt – Assistant Coach (2023–present)
In his inaugural season at Vanderbilt, Rose helped coach graduate student Madison Murray who scored in the pentathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships. At that meet, Murray matched her all-time personal best in the high jump, clearing the 1.68-meter bar.
Prior to Vanderbilt
At LifeTime (2018–23)
Prior to being hired at Vanderbilt, Rose worked with Olympic sport athletes in Ontario, Canada, as a high-performance specialist at LifeTime. He coached Olympian and World Championships bronze medalist Gavin Smellie and World Championships bronze medalist Dontae Richards-Kwok. Since 2017, Rose has coached athletes that have made Team Ontario and has guided athletes to making Team Canada since 2021. He was named the sprints coach for Team Ontario for the 2024 season.
At Florida A&M – Assistant Coach (2016–17)
Before Rose’s work in Canada, he was an assistant coach for men’s and women’s sprints, jumps and hurdles at Florida A&M. His recruiting efforts helped the Rattlers to sign several student-athletes, including Leander Forbes, the No. 1 400-meter runner that year. Rose’s recruiting efforts aided the team in winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference outdoor title in 2018.
The beginnings of a coaching career (2012–16)
From 2012 to 2016, Rose worked as an athletic director and speed coach, where he installed training systems and mentored coaches for Sanders Elite Training Performance and Titus Sports Academy in Florida. During that time, he was selected for the 2015 World Youth coaching staff and worked with multi, hurdles and pole vault student-athletes. He also led the Big Bend Vault Club where he developed pole vault state champion Sebastian Campos, Golden South champion Nicole Greene and New Balance Nationals 60-meter hurdles runner-up Braxton Canady. In this role, he also supported Jordan Fields in the heptathlon at the World Youth Championships qualifier.
As a student-athlete, Rose attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and went on to compete at Bethune-Cookman University. There, he reset the indoor heptathlon record for three consecutive years. A knee injury ended his career as an athlete but helped him to jump start his career in coaching.
He is married to Sorayah Rose, and the two have two children, Amelia and Asher Rose.
• Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt (2023–present)
• Sprints Coach, Team Ontario (2024)
• High-Performance Specialist, LifeTime (2018–23)
• Assistant Coach, Florida A&M (2016–17)
• High-Performance Consultant, Sanders Elite Training Performance and Titus Sports Academy (2012–16)