A couple of factors went into Casey's Rose decision to get back into coaching.
One, he wanted to get back into the swing of things and two, he wants to do what he's passionate about.
Both of those were desirable when Rose was named the new head girls' basketball coach at Marion High School Tuesday.
In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Rose realizes how important this time is in getting with his team and making a summer schedule, but until other factors are remedied, Rose is content with his current position.
"I've been coaching since 2014 with the Illinois Bears' AAU program and after a few smaller coaching positions, decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I've just been hoping for a position like this to come along.
"My family and I live in Marion, I had a couple of sister that played for Marion these past couple of years, so I'm familiar with the program and cannot wait to get started."
Rose, who graduated from Pope County High School in 2008, replaces Mike Manfredo, who in the last three years was 39-49, including an 11-18 mark this past season.
Rose comes to Marion after serving the past 10 months as athletic director and physical eduction teacher at Bluford. Prior to that, he spent one year at Clay City as a PE teacher and before that was an account executive for the Miners.
Rose has been with Illinois Bears' AAU program for the last six years and after graduating from SIU in 2014 with a degree in Sport Administration, Rose was a volunteer assistant coach with the John A. Logan men's basketball team from March of 2015 to September of 2015. Rose bookended his run at JALC by becoming an assistant coach and academic advisor for Amanda Shelby and the Vols' women's basketball team from 2015 to June of 2017.
His time at John A. Logan College will be what he uses as his teaching tool moving forward.
"Right now, first and foremost, I want to build a strong coaching staff with like minds. I want to implement some of the same concepts I learned at the high school level, along with coach Kyle Smithpeters and coach Amanda Shelby.
"We're going to move the ball, spread the floor and with with players on playing the game. I want to work with the players and give them options, offensively. I feel like we are going to be extremely strong on defense. I know we're young, but we're going to come in and create a lot of excitement. Our calling card is going to be making people uncomfortable on defense, getting up and guarding them. Communication will be huge."
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.