GAMBIER – Jill McCartney, Kenyon College’s Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation, announced Friday the hiring of James Rosenbury as head coach of the Lords football program.
Rosenbury comes to Kenyon from Macalester College and takes over for previous head coach Chris Monfiletto, who resigned in February after seven seasons.
“It's a huge honor and privilege to be part of such an accomplished athletics program and college,” Rosenbury said. “We've got some work to do on the football field, but I feel very strongly that the support is in place to build a culture of success.
"The roster is healthy and the facilities are some of, if not the best, in all of Division III. During my interview, I was able to watch parts of a spring workout and the energy and enthusiasm of the players was phenomenal.”
Since 2015, Rosenbury tackled many duties at Macalester. Most recently, he served as the Scots’ offensive line coach, special teams coordinator and director of both football operations and recruiting. In previous seasons, he was the program’s running backs and tight ends coach.
While at Macalester, Rosenbury helped move the Scots from a 4-6 record in 2015 to a 7-3 record in 2016. Overall, the program was 21-19 in his four seasons there.
“The hard work of our search committee led us to identify James as the candidate best suited to direct our football program,” McCartney said. “He’s been at Division III institutions that have turned their football programs around, and he’s had tremendous mentors along the way. He impressed everyone he met with his authenticity and willingness to learn and grow.
"He will be a terrific role model for our student-athletes and a valuable addition to the campus community.”
After graduating in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University, Rosenbury remained on campus and served as an assistant coach, working with offensive backs.
He contributed to an overall 31-3 record, was part of three University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year awards and helped steer the Spartans to three NCAA playoff appearances.
He moved on to work for one season at Grinnell College, where he coached running backs and saw the team move from a 2-8 record to a 6-4 mark. He then spent two years at University of Redlands, earning a master’s degree in higher education and serving as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, who logged a combined 14-5 record and made an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division III playoffs.
Prior to making the move to Macalester, Rosenbury returned to Case in 2013 as an assistant coach for two more seasons. In that time, he worked with offensive backs, special teams and served as assistant recruiting coordinator. He coached four all-conference backs, as well as the UAA Special Teams Player of the Year.
“During my 12 years coaching at the college level, I’ve had the privilege of working at some of the best Division III high-academic research universities and liberal arts colleges. I love student-athletes who want to be challenged in the classroom, as well as on the field,” Rosenbury said. “I like to think of myself as energetic and enthusiastic. I am a detailed oriented coach and believe in setting clear expectations and holding people accountable.
“At the same time, I’m positive and do my best to compliment before I criticize. Football is a game and games are supposed to be fun. I see my job as providing an amazing experience and creating an environment where student-athletes can compete and pursue their passions both on the football field and in their academic lives.”
During his playing days, Rosenbury was a running back at Case. He rushed for 1,712 yards and nine touchdowns during his career and was a two-time All-UAA selection.