Ben RosenHe comes to Lakeland from Campbellsville University, an NAIA-member institution in Campbellsville, Ky., with a very successful men's wrestling program. He has served as a full-time assistant coach for the past two seasons. This past winter, the team finished 21-2 overall and was seventh at the NAIA Championship with five All-Americans. It's the 16th year in a row the program has placed at the NAIA Championship.
In his first season as an assistant, he helped lead the Tigers to earn one Mid-South Conference Championship and two NAIA All-American honors. Off the mat, he was extensively involved in recruiting, event management and he managed/created the wrestling program's social media platforms.
"Wrestling has been a long road and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that it has led me to Lakeland University," Rosen said. "Lakeland is a fantastic institution and I'm excited to be a part of it. I would like to thank Athletic Director April Arvan and the rest of the search committee for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to mentor and develop our student-athletes."
Arvan said Rosen is a great fit for a variety of reasons. "He brings us a great background in leadership, passion for wrestling and experience working for some outstanding coaches and programs," Arvan said. "We are excited for what he will do for our Muskies and our men's wrestling program."
Prior to coming to Campbellsville, Rosen served as a graduate assistant coach at Doane University in Crete, Neb., where he had recruiting and coaching responsibilities. Rosen coached two All-Americans, one national runner-up and a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. In addition, he overhauled the training program and served as 2016 NAIA Regional Tournament Director.
Rosen also managed the Wilber-Doane High School Wrestling Camp, the largest youth camp in Nebraska with more than 400 wrestlers and 1,000 matches wrestled.
He received a Master of Arts in Management degree with an emphasis in leadership and coaching from Doane in 2019.
Rosen wrestled as an undergraduate at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business in 2014. While at Cornell, he won 92 career matches and earned his fastest pin 1:19. He was 28-11 as a freshman and earned four pins, earning the Cornell Freshman of the Year. He also earned NWCA Scholar-Athlete his sophomore and senior seasons.
After graduating from Cornell, Rosen was the assistant coach at Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill., for two years.