Posted by Matt Sullivan on 1999-07-07Samford University women's basketball coach Janet Cone announced Wednesday the hiring of Ernest Rozier as an assistant coach.
Rozier comes to Samford after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss. He was an assistant coach for two seasons at St. Leo (Fla.) College and served under Cone, who previously was head coach at the school. Rozier also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Florida A&M University.
"I am excited about having Ernest on my staff once again," Cone said. "He brings a wealth of experience, a proven recruiting network and a work ethic necessary to help us establish a top Division I women's basketball program.
"He also knows and understands the game and is an excellent teacher of the basic fundamentals. More importantly, he shares my philosophy and passion for Samford women's basketball."
Rozier played at Anoka Ramsey (Minn.) Community College where he was named a first-team all-conference and all-region selection in 1989-90. He later attended St. Leo where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education in 1993.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.