Sapulpa's new athletic director Mike Rose

Sapulpa's new athletic director Mike Rose. Photo courtesy of the Sapulpa Public Schools

Former Union administrator Mike Rose has been hired as the new athletic director for the Sapulpa Public Schools. The district's board of education gave unanimous approval Monday.

Rose has also served as a coach and teacher in the Union district. Most recently, he was associate director of student life.

Before that, he was an associate athletic director with direct superivision of Redskins programs for track, soccer, cross country, swimming cheerleading, volleyball and strength and conditioning.

“I look forward to donning Chieftain blue and working alongside the outstanding coaches we have here in Sapulpa,” Rose was quoted in a news release. “We have a great foundation already in place, and I’m excited about expanding on that solid footing, along with the opportunities we can introduce to our student-athletes.”

A graduate of Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Rose played on two state championship football teams and two runner-up baseball teams. He is the son of legendary former Titans football coach Gary Rose.

Rose replaces Jason Parker, who served as athletic director for five years before being hired in April as Muskogee’s new AD.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Rose join our team,” Sapulpa superintendent Robert Armstrong said. “He comes to us highly recommended and with the experience necessary to use sports to help mold our student-athletes into well-rounded, productive members of the community.”

Rose also held varsity coaching positions in football, track and baseball during his tenure at Union. Before that, he coached and taught at Joplin (Missouri) High School and Carthage (Missouri) Junior High.

In 2014, he was named outstanding newcomer athletic director for the eastern half of the state by the Oklahoma Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Rose received his education degree from Pittsburg (Kansas) State University and his master’s degree in administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State in 2012.


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