Assistant Coach Aleisha Rose reflects on soccer, family

Assistant Coach Aleisha Rose reflects on soccer, family

PROVO, Utah – When given the opportunity to become famous, most people wouldn’t think twice about taking it. But for Brigham Young University Assistant Coach Aleisha Rose, fame wasn’t for her.

At age 15, Rose played for the U-16 national team. The following year she was competing on a global scale with the official national women’s team, playing with legends like Mia Hamm and Brandy Chastain.

Rose became the top recruit in the nation and had the chance to play at some of top soccer programs in the country such as North Carolina, Santa Clara and Portland – so she shocked the country by choosing to play at BYU.

Then in 2001, she dropped another bombshell by walking away from the national team. She said that, at the time, something was missing in her life – family and being a mother were important to her.

Now in 2017, Rose is a wife and a mother to three children, ages 12, 9 and 6.

“Having a family is the most incredible, rewarding thing ever,” Rose said.

She also said that balancing being a coach and being a mother is hard, but she makes sure to spend quality time with her family.

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