Interim head coach Rose Brimmer begins her ninth season coaching for the nationally-ranked Texas Women's Track & Field program.
In just eight seasons with the Longhorns, during which Brimmer served in an assistant coach capacity, the former Westbury (Houston, Texas) High School coach has established a tradition of success for Texas in the field events. Most recently, Brimmer guided Victoria Lucas to All-America honors in the high jump at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and junior Shanay Briscoe to back-to-back All-America performances in the event at both the indoor and outdoor national meets.
Previously, Brimmer mentored high jumper Destinee Hooker to four NCAA high jump national titles (three outdoor, one indoor) and six All-America honors, along with shot putter Michelle Carter, who won the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships and added four All-America nods. In 2009 she also led walk-on Jordyn Brown to her first All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Brimmer also coached four-time national champion and eight-time All-American Marshevet Hooker as well as relay national champion and nine-time All-American Alexandria Anderson in the long jump. In 2007 she helped Ashley Laughlin become the only UT women's pole vaulter to clear 13 feet during the outdoor season. Under her coaching, Laughlin qualified for her first NCAA Indoor Championships during the 2006-07 season. Brimmer was instrumental in helping the Longhorns win the 2006 NCAA indoor national championship and place in the top-six team finishes during the 2006 and 2007 outdoor championship meets.
In her first year on the Forty Acres (2004-05), Brimmer made an immediate impact helping then-sophomore Carter to indoor and outdoor All-America honors in the shot put. Brimmer oversaw Carter's training and helped her shatter the school indoor shot put record at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
A longtime staple at Westbury, Brimmer served as a teacher and coach of track & field, cross country, basketball and volleyball since 1986. As the girls' head track & field coach, her Westbury squads won four consecutive Class 5A state championships (1997-2000) and placed third at the state meet in 1995 and 2003. Additionally, Westbury earned five straight regional crowns (1996-2000), was regional runner-up in 1995, 2002 and 2003, and claimed 11 consecutive district championships between 1993 and 2004.
Brimmer led her Westbury squads not only to state prominence but also to a strong presence in national and international competition. Westbury's 4x100-meter relay squad gained national championship honors in 1998, and WHS' 4x200-meter relay was the national record-holder from 1998-2003.
In 1999, three members of Westbury's squad, including future Texas standout Raasin McIntosh, were selected to compete for Team U.S.A. in the 4x100-meter relay at the World Youth Championships in Athletics in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The team finished second only to Jamaica.
Throughout her coaching career at Westbury, Brimmer took pride in developing scholastic national champions, All-Americans and future NCAA student-athletes. In total, she mentored 14 high school All-Americans, including former UT All-America and NCAA champion McIntosh. Sixty of Brimmer's Westbury student-athletes went on to compete in intercollegiate track & field. Ten signed national letters of intent to NCAA Division I universities in Westbury's class of 2000 alone, with McIntosh leading the way.
Among her coaching honors, Brimmer was tabbed 1998 Texas High School Track Coach of the Year, and dating back to 1993, was named District Coach of the Year 10 times and HISD Volleyball Coach of the Year six times. Additionally, Brimmer received a USA Track & Field Service Award in 1999.
In addition to her classroom work and coaching, Brimmer served as a Westbury High School mentor for at-risk students, as a member of the athletics peer tutor program and on the school's safety and school improvement committees.
Brimmer and her husband Leo, a retired police officer, reside in Bee Caves outside of Austin. Brimmer's son, Brodney Pool, 28, is a safety for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. The 2004 Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference selection earned three letters (2002-04) as a defensive back at the University of Oklahoma and has previously played for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. Brimmer's daughter, Bria, graduated Summa Cum Laude from South Carolina State University in 2012 as the top ranking senior in accounting after four successful years on the SCSU Women's Volleyball team, having set the school record for career assists with 4,275. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in finance at the Hult International Business School in London, ranked by Financial Times as one of the top 100 business schools in the world.
Brimmer is a 1981 graduate of the former Texas A&I University in Kingsville (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) with a degree in education. Captain of both the track & field and volleyball squads, Brimmer was the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 1981. She was inducted into Texas A&I's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, along with former NFL great Darrell Green.