Profile of Coach Gwendolyn Rouse
Gwendolyn Rouse has been an active coach at Benedict College since October 1985. She has been the Softball Coach since January 1986 and the Volleyball Coach since August 1987. She has a compiled a record of over 300 wins in Volleyball and over 400 wins in Softball. Her teams have won several Conference and Tournament Championships and she has been named Coach of the Year several times.
Since joining the SIAC Conference NCAA Division II in 2002-2003, her softball team has won two Conference Championships (2004 & 2006) and one Conference Tournament (2004). In 2003, one of her athletes (Acchia Albury) had the most stolen bases for Division II schools. In 2006 her team had the most doubles hits for Division II schools.
Among Coach Rouse greatest accomplishments is the respect and admiration she receives from her athletes. For the past 5 years, her teams both Volleyball & Softball have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Ninety-five percent of her athletes have graduated and eighty-five percent to date maintain contact with her.
In addition to being the Volleyball & Softball Coach, Rouse is also the Senior Women's Administrator, who oversees all the female athletic programs on campus she has direct contact with the female athletes, to make sure that the female athletes participate in some type of volunteer work in the local elementary or middle schools.
Coach Rouse is a native of Miami, FL. In high school, Coach Rouse was named Female Athlete of the Year at Miami Northwestern High School and was a nominee for the Silver Knight Award which is the highest honor for a high school athlete in the state of Florida. She came to Columbia, SC in 1977 to continue her education and athletic career at Allen University. She was rookie of the year in both basketball and softball and broke the school's record for the most home runs during a season. She later transferred to Benedict College where she excelled in volleyball, basketball, and softball as well as in the classroom graduating with the highest average among Physical Education Majors.
Coach Rouse is currently working on her masters in Counseling and is due to graduate in May 2008.
Coach Rouse is married to Stanley Rouse and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Britney and Bianca.