TJ Rosene is entering his fifth year as the EC men's head basketball coach. He is beginning his ninth year as a head coach in the SSAC. In four years at Emmanuel College TJ Rosene has reached unprecedented heights in school history. In four years at Emmanuel he has amassed an 88-46 record including three 20 win seasons in a row.
In 2010-2011: (26-8) This year was another banner season for the Lions. Rosene lead the Lions to the schools 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 Rosenes first year at Emmanuel. Rosene is particularly proud of the team not only for its on 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. Rosenes 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 lead 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 #2 Mountain State. The Lions finished with a national ranking of #21 in the NAIA.
In 2010-2009: (21-11) This season produced the Lions first ever NAIA national ranking getting as high as #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 all-conference.
In 2009-2008: (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 2008-2007: (16-17) Rosenes 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 schools 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 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 Womens program to new heights before taking over the mens program for two years. In both the second and third year as the Womens 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 NAIAs 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.
Jonathan Mattox is entering his first year as an assistant men's basketball coach at Emmanuel College. He is a former Lions' player, having played at Emmanuel College last season. Jonathan graduated from Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Georgia, in 2006. He was a four-year letter winner at Oconee County, and as a senior he helped guide Oconee County to the Class AAA Elite Eight. He also helped lead Oconee County to the Region 8-AAA Championship, and was named Second Team All-Northeast Georgia both his junior and senior seasons.
Jonathan attended Anderson University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to Emmanuel College. At Emmanuel he was part of the first Lions' team to win a Southern States Athletic Conference tournament championship. He graduated in May with a degree in business administration, and is currently working on his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration.
Coach Mattox' responsibilities with the Lions include assisting in workouts and practices, recruiting, and skill development for perimeter players. He plans on pursuing a career in coaching.
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