Shanan Rosenberg brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Linfield men’s basketball coach.
Rosenberg was head men’s basketball coach for 11 years at Foothill College, a two-year community college near Palo Alto in the south San Francisco Bay region. At Foothill, he compiled a 186-131 win-loss record. His 2012-13 team went 22-5, achieving the best regular-season finish in program history.
In 2002-03, he took over a troubled Foothill program that was staggered by player behavioral problems and rules violations. After a 6-22 record during his first season, Rosenberg guided the Owls to the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs, the first of eight state playoff appearances. The CCCAA comprises 82 institutions spanning 10 athletic conferences.
Under Rosenberg’s leadership, Foothill became a top-10 regionally ranked basketball program, a regular state tournament qualifier and a program that enjoyed a 99 percent graduation rate.
Prior to taking over at Foothill, Rosenberg spent three years as assistant head coach at Lewis & Clark College from 1998 until 2002, a period when the Pioneers won two Northwest Conference championships and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III playoff tournament.
In the mid-1990s, Rosenberg spent four seasons as lead assistant coach at Cañada College in Redwood City, helping the program compile a 104-20 record that included two Coast Conference championships.
He oversees the Linfield varsity and junior varsity men’s basketball squads, as well as teach health and kinesiology courses in the Health and Human Performance department.
Rosenberg a men’s basketball program with a history of 20 conference or district championships, the most recent coming in 2000-01. His task will be to restore luster to a program that is coming off a last-place finish in the NWC, winning just four games last winter.
Rosenberg has been active professionally, serving on the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Executive Board for 10 years, including a two-year term as State President from 2009 until 2011.
He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from UC-Davis in 1994 and went on to earn a master’s degree at Chico State in 1999.
A native of central California, Rosenberg starred in basketball at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, leading the Lancers to a Central Coast Section championship in 1988. As a student-athlete and three-year letterman at UC-Davis, he earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference honors while leading the Aggies in rebounding his final two seasons.
Rosenberg and his wife, Sarah, have three sons: twins Walt and Clyde, 6, and Gus, 2.