There are figures in every sport who can be defined as leaders. They create opportunity. They move the needle. They don’t follow the crowd. In girls lacrosse, that leader is Carol Rose. Coach Rose is one of Long Island’s most notable and recognized coaches. Coming off a Class A NYS Championship, the Northport girls lacrosse team is feeling confident. For Coach Rose, she has no intention of taking a step down or moving away from the game. Instead, Coach Rose will continue to take a motivated Northport girls lacrosse team forward. A new group, some young talent, and a new look at her High School, Northport girls lacrosse will try for the repeat. If they get there is questionable, but one thing we know for sure, Coach Rose has the experience and expertise to give her girls a shot. Hear more from Long Island legend in a recent interview between Coach Rose and the LILJ below.
Q: What is your lacrosse background?
I began playing Varsity lacrosse as a freshman at Manhasset High School in 1979. I was on the first ever team at Manhasset. I also played with the first plastic headed stick invented by Brine. I went on to play in College at Cortland State and was an All-American, All-Region and All-State player. After graduating in 1986 from Cortland, I began coaching at Northport in 1990.
Q: Why did you decide to go into coaching?
I decided to go into coaching lacrosse because I absolutely loved the sport. I had great experiences in HS and College and wanted to spread this great game to as many kids as possible. I started the Northport program in 1990 and never looked back.
Q: What has been the key in building a powerhouse program at Northport?
The key to building a powerhouse program is bright talented kids who want to work hard. I am fortunate enough that the young ladies in the Northport community take pride in the program and strive for greatness.
Q: Who is the one kid you coached at Northport who best represents the program?
I cannot just pick one kid who best represents our program. I have had so many great players who exemplify Northport lacrosse.
Q: Are there any teams you have coached that stand out more than others?
We have won 2 state championships have numerous LIC and 12 county titles and all are special to me, also all the athletes who have been on these magical journeys. They are all special in our hearts.
Q: You have had a legendary coaching career so far, with that being said, do you plan on retiring any time soon?
I still have a few more good years left in me. I love the sport and the kids at Northport. I have not yet chosen a retirement date.
Q: What does Northport have to do to repeat as state champions
Northport is committed to excellence and remains focused. Everyone has to do their job in the classroom and on the field and play with passion and pride . Everyone will be after us and the tigers need to be resilient and mentally tough to go the distance in 2020.