Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose is one of the most successful and well-respected Athletics Directors in the nation.

At the time of her appointment in 1990, she was just the third female to be put in charge of a Division I program. In 1999-2000, she became the first female to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. She served a five-year term (2000-2004) on that committee. She also completed a term as 2003-04 President of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and was one of less than 70 university presidents and athletics administrators invited to NCAA President Mark Emmert’s Summer 2011 Retreat.

Chief among her accomplishments with the university is the systematic growth of the 49ers program. That growth culminated with the unveiling of the Charlotte 49ers football program in 2013 -- a start-up program that will play two yaers as an FCS Independent before moving to the FBS Conference USA in 2015. In 2012, the football fieldhouse was named by donor Dale Halton in her honor: Judy W. Rose Football Center

With the 49ers, she has overseen the 49ers moves from the Sun Belt Conference to the Metro Conference to Conference USA to the Atlantic 10 and back to FBS C-USA in 2013-14. She has overseen the 49ers growth into a program that is fully-funded at the NCAA level for athletic scholarships. She has helped develop nearly $100 million worth of athletic facilities which have enhanced playing venues, academic services, strength and conditioning programs, training and medical support to improve the experience of each and every student-athlete.

She has been instrumental in attracting national sporting events to Charlotte such as the 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the 1996 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cups as well as a variety of NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament rounds.

The 49ers have enjoyed similar success in competition and the classroom. Since Rose became A.D., 14 of the school’s 16 athletic programs have either won a league title or been represented in NCAA play, or both. Prior to her stint as A.D., only two programs touted such success. Meanwhile, the athletic department now boasts a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 -- and has for seven straight years.

Along the way, Rose has reaped her share of awards, for professional success, contributions to the community and leadership. In June 2013 she earned the Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Women in Business Luncheon and was named to the Business Journal’s Women in Business Class of 2013.

Judy and her husband Ken, married since 1986, live in Denver, N.C.


Winthrop University, B.S. degree; physical education, 1974
          Lettered in basketball
Univ. of Tennessee, Master's; physical education, 1975
          Assistant woman's basketball coach to Pat Summit


1991-Present: Director of Athletics
1985-90: Associate Director of Athletics
1981-85: Assistant Director of Athletics
1976-82: Women's Basketball Coach


  • Named Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics in 1990-91
    third woman to run NCAA Division I athletics program.
  • NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, 2000-2004.
    first woman to serve on committee
  • Attendee, NCAA President Mark Emmert 2011 Retreat
    One of four Directors of Athletics invited
  • President, NACDA, 2003-04
  • NACDA Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year, 2001


The 49ers athletic department is fully-funded at the NCAA allowable levels for the first time in school history.

Keyed the 49ers successful bid to add football in 2013 and landed it in an FBS Conference (C-USA) before it held its first practice.

Spearheaded nearly $100 million worth of facilities construction, including Jerry Richardson Stadium/McColl-Richardson Field, the James H. Barnhardt Center/Halton Arena, Irwin Belk Track and Field/Transamerica Field, the Wachovia Fieldhouse, the Miltimore-Wallis Athletics and Academic Training Center, the Short Game Golf Practice Facility at Rocky River Golf Club, Robert and Mariam Hayes Baseball Stadium, Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex and Softball Stadium renovations.

Helped attract 1994 NCAA Men’s Final Four and 1996 NCAA Woman’s Final Four, 1999 and 2000 NCAA Div. I Men’s Soccer College Cups, the 1997 AAU Junior Olympics and a variety of NCAA Basketball Tournament rounds to Charlotte.