The Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau for the Rhode Island General Assembly announced today that Rep. Terri Cortvriend welcomed Portsmouth High School Girls’ Cross Country Coach Jeffrey M. Rose to the State House this week to congratulate him on being named the 2017-2018 Rhode Island Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Association.

Rose, a math teacher and chairman of the PHS math department, led the team to consecutive state championships this year and last, with senior Elizabeth Sullivan winning the individual title. He encouraged the team to focus and kept their spirits up despite a season plagued by multiple injuries. The result was a thrilling season and a state championship won by a wide margin.

“Coach Rose is known to inspire both his team and his students in positive ways, encouraging them to strive for continued improvement. He believes in and is successful in teaching leadership through both sports and the classroom. He is the perfect example of where good teaching meets good coaching,” said Representative Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown) in a prepared statement, who also had the pleasure of recognizing Coach Rose and his record-breaking girls’ cross country team in her previous position as Portsmouth School Committee chairwoman.

Representative Cortvriend also introduced a resolution (2019-H 5529) honoring Rose, which was passed by the House during his visit Tuesday.

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