TJ Rosene is entering his seventh year as the EC men's head basketball coach. He is beginning his tenth year as a head coach in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and in his six years at Emmanuel College, Coach Rosene has reached unprecedented heights in school history. In the six years at Emmanuel, he has amassed a 137-67 record (67% winning pct) including five 20-win seasons in a row.
In 2012-2013: (28-5) This was the best regular season record in Emmanuel College history. Coach Rosene, along with coaches Mason and Mattox, brought in some key pieces for the next two seasons. In pursuit of the best regular season record in Emmanuel history, the Lions managed to string together a 15-game winning streak. In this pursuit, the Lions received their highest-ever ranking in the NAIA National polls (No. 9 in the nation). While getting these accolades throughout the season the final regular season game against Lee University did not disappoint. The Lions beat the No. 2 ranked Lee University with a Luke Miller buzz beater to seal the SSAC regular season co-championship with Lee University. Emmanuel then fell in the SSAC conference tournament by a buzz beater against William Carey. Despite the SSAC tournament setback the Lions made the NAIA national tournament ranked No. 16. The Lions lost their first NAIA tournament game against a tough Hope International. Throughout the season Coach Rosene led a few Lions into some individual awards as Adrian Justice was an SSAC All-Conference player and Michael Stanley was SSAC All-Conference player as well as National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American and SSAC All-Tournament team.
In 2011-2012: (21-16) In the 2011-2012 season, Coach Rosene led the Lions into yet another 20-win season. This year’s Lions emerged with six new freshmen onto the team with only two seniors in Tiek Fields and Graham Maxwell. The Lions found the injury bug early on with point guard Michael Stanley heading out for the season with a knee injury. But the Lions were battle tested. Coach Rosene led the Lions to two wins over top-25 ranked opponents Evangel and Pikeville University. The Lions fell short in the SSAC conference tournament but found their way into Indiana for the NCCAA national tournament. Coach Rosene and the Lions made it into the National Championship game yet fell short to sit at No. 2 in the country for NCCAA.
In 2010-2011: (26-8) This year was another banner season for the Lions. Rosene lead the Lions to the school’s first ever Southern States Athletic Conference Championship in any sport. He also lead Emmanuel to the NAIA National Tournament for only the second time in school history- the first ever appearance came in Rosene’s first year at Emmanuel. Rosene is particularly proud of the team not only for its on-the-court accomplishments, but off the court as well. The 2010-2011 Lions received the SSAC Sportsmanship Team of the Year Award. Coach Rosene was named SSAC Coach of the Year and NCCAA South Regional Coach of the Year. Rosene’s first 4-year recruit to Emmanuel, Tedrick Hudson, eclipsed the 2,000-point mark and was named a 3-time All-Conference Player of the Year all while carrying a 3.4 GPA. Rosene also landed another Freshman of the Year in Michael Stanley. The point guard who was a first team all-state player in Alabama led the team in minutes played. Also for the
second time in 4 years Rosene had a player named a National NAIA Champion of Character Recipient. This award was presented to Junior Graham Maxwell (1 of 4 in the NAIA). Maxwell was also an All-Region player who carries a 3.3 GPA. The Lions had 4 top 25 victories including an upset of No. 2 Mountain State. The Lions finished with a national ranking of No. 21 in the NAIA.
In 2009-2010: (21-11) This season produced the Lion’s first-ever NAIA national ranking getting as high as No. 20. The Lions were 20-5 at one point before losing their top 2 scores to injuries, one being a season-ending injury and the other a 6-game injury. The Lions were in the top 4 in points per game, offensive field goal %, and Defensive field goal percentage in the SSAC. Tedrick Hudson was named SSAC all-conference.
In 2008-2009: (25-10) This particular was a year to remember in Emmanuel College history. The Lions brought home the NCCAA National Championship. This was the first national championship in any sport in school history. The Lions got better as the year went on. They won 12 of their last 14 games in route to the Championship. Rosene was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year, South Regional Coach of the Year, and SSAC Coach of the Year. The Lions lead the SSAC in points per game. Tedrick Hudson and Ben Brimm were SSAC All-Conference players with Hudson being named an NAIA All-American honorable mention.
In 2007-2008: (16-17) Rosene’s first season at Emmanuel was a challenging, but rewarding year. Rosene took over the helm late in the summer and brought in 12 new players. Being a young team, they grew throughout the year before getting hot in the conference tournament and landing the school’s first ever NAIA national tournament bid. Ray Raines was named to the SSAC All-Conference team. Two Lions were named to the All-Freshman team with Tedrick Hudson being named Freshman of the Year. Micah Hayes was 1 of 4 to receive the NAIA National Champion of Character award in the entire NAIA.
Coaching Reinhardt University: Rosene got his first head college coaching job at the age of 24. He led the Reinhardt University Women’s program to new heights before taking over the men’s program for two years. In both the second and third year as the Women’s head coach he lead the program to back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in school history. Both were school records for wins. He was named Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Coach of the Year in 2004. He had 4 All-Conference players and 2 Conference Freshman of the year (1 men and 1 women). He also coached the NAIA’s leading scorer in Brandon Jennings. Rosene left his alma mater in 2007 to take over at Emmanuel College.
Derrick D. Mason possesses a unique combination of youth development and basketball experience which has enabled him to be a tremendous asset to Coach Rosene's coaching staff. He is a 2001 graduate of Emmanuel College with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Mason's tenure as a coach began as a graduate assistant coach here at Emmanuel College under Coach Jerry Boone in 2001. His coaching career continued as a lay coach at Elbert County High School. Mason, who had been an assistant coach on the basketball staff at Elbert County High School for the previous five seasons, joined Emmanuel coaching staff in a similar capacity in August of 2009. During his tenure there he served under previous head coach, Brian Turner and previous head coach Larry Brown. He was in charge of player development which included, but not limited to, the spiritual, physical, educational and social development of the athletes. Mason played an intricate part in the success of the basketball program. This success included a trip to the AAA Elite 8 for the first time in over 10 years. Mason also served as Area Director for various Boys & Girls Clubs across the Southeast Region for six years. There he was responsible for the supervision and development of over 2,000 youth between the ages of 4-21 in the areas of Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career; Health and Life Skills; Sports Fitness and Recreation.
Coach Mason contributes both his administrative and athletic expertise to the Emmanuel College basketball program. His primary responsibilities include recruiting and player development. He is also the Head Coach for the Men's Junior Varsity basketball team. As an Emmanuel College Lion, he was a starting power forward under Coach Jerry Boone. As an athlete, Mason was known for his size, agility, and extraordinary work ethic while leading the team in rebounding and setting the school record for single season and single game blocked shots. Mason is in the process of pursuing a M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration.
Off of the court Derrick D. Mason spends his time with his family and mentoring in the community. Mason, a native of Atmore, AL., is the son of Harold and Pat Mason. Coach Mason is married to Dr. Rihana S. Mason who teaches psychology at Emmanuel College. He enjoys grooming his three sons to be men of character and future athletes. Mason still has ties to the communities of Franklin, Hart, Stephens and Elbert counties where he continues to mentor young men as they prepare for successful college careers.
Graham Maxwell is entering in his second year of being an assistant coach at Emmanuel College. Graham played at Emmanuel for 4 years from 2008-2012. His freshman year he was apart of the 2009 NCCAA National Championship team as well as the Conference Tournament championship team in 2012 his junior season. Graham has the most wins recorded as an athlete in Emmanuel College history during his time here at Emmanuel.
In Maxwell’s’ junior season he was a recipient of the NAIA character award and scholarship. Ending his senior year he won the Bill White student athlete of the year award for Emmanuel College.
Graham will have his hands in all aspects of this years’ basketball program, yet his primary role and contribution will come in the Player Development department. After having a full year of coaching under his belt Maxwell is really looking to grow the guys on the team to be the best they can be physically and mentally.