The former Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball on Shaka Smart’s staff at both VCU (2009-15) and Texas (2016-19), Daniel Roose returned to VCU to take on the same role under Head Coach Mike Rhoades in August of 2019.
Roose, certified as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, has played a major role in the development of a number of NBA players, including first round draft picks Mo Bamba, Jarrett Allen and Jaxson Hayes at Texas, as well as Larry Sanders, Troy Daniels, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber during his initial VCU tenure.
The 41-year-old Roose served as Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball during each of Smart’s six years at VCU. The Rams posted an overall record of 163-56 (.744) and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2011 Final Four, during that time.
VCU and Duke were the only two programs in the country to record at least 26 wins in each of those six seasons. In addition, VCU was one of only 11 schools in the nation to earn an NCAA Tournament bid each year from 2011-15 (Cincinnati, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, San Diego State and Wisconsin).
The Rams’ NCAA appearance in 2015 marked the first time in school history VCU had advanced to the Big Dance five straight years, and the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia that a Division I basketball program had accomplished that feat.
Smart’s style of play during his time at VCU was termed “Havoc.” Simply stated, it was a high-octane platform marked by full-court pressure and transition offense. Roose was the architect of the physical conditioning program needed to play that style of basketball.
The Rams led the country in steals per game for three consecutive seasons (2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and ranked fourth nationally in 2014-15 (9.5 spg). In 2012-13, VCU’s 422 total steals shattered the Atlantic 10 single-season record of 352 set by Xavier in 1998-99.
The 422 thefts marked the 18th-highest single-season total in NCAA Division I history. During the 2013-14 season, the Rams registered 391 steals, 21 more than any other squad.
VCU also ranked near the top of the national statistics in turnover margin and opponent turnover rate under Smart’s guidance. The Rams led the nation in turnover margin in 2011-12 (+6.47) and 2012-13 (+8.03) and ranked third nationally (+5.4) during the 2014-15 season. VCU’s +8.03 mark in 2012-13 was the sixth-best turnover margin by a NCAA Division I team since the 1992-93 season.
Roose and Smart’s tenure in VCU will be forever linked to the magical 2010-11 season, which saw the Rams advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history. VCU posted a 28-12 overall record, including a 12-6 mark in CAA play, and earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Forced to play in a First Four game in Dayton, the Rams registered five consecutive upsets in what many experts called the greatest run to the Final Four in tournament history. Along the way, VCU defeated “Power 5” schools USC (59-46), Georgetown (74-56), Purdue (94-76), Florida State (72-71 OT) and Kansas (71-61). VCU, which fell to Butler in the NCAA semifinals, finished the season ranked No. 6 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, the highest in school and CAA history.
Prior to his arrival at VCU, Roose spent two years at North Carolina-Pembroke (2007-09). He oversaw the strength and conditioning program of all 16 athletic teams for the Braves.
Roose served as a graduate assistant at Marshall for one season (2004-05) and then transitioned into a role as director of strength and conditioning for the Thundering Herd for three years (2005-07). He worked directly with the basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball teams, but oversaw and designed training programs for all 15 varsity sports for the Thundering Herd. He also spent one year (2003-04) at Campbell, where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Camels.
Roose earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Appalachian State in 2001. He later earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall in 2006. In 2019, Roose was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strenght and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the profession.
A native of Troy, N.C., Roose was born on Oct. 10, 1977. He and his wife, Laura, have one son, Devin and one daughter, Anna.
Daniel Roose - Career History
2003-04 - Campbell, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
2004-05 - Marshall, Graduate Assistant
2005-07 - Marshall, Director of Strength & Conditioning
2007-09 - UNC-Pembroke, Director Strength & Conditioning
2009-15 - VCU, Director of Sports Performance for Men's Basketball
2015-19 - Texas, Strength & Conditioning Coach for Men's Basketball
2019-present - VCU, Director of Sports Performance for Men's Basketball