One of Middle Ten-nessee's all-time great track performers has returned to assist the track program as a graduate assistant coach. Dionne Rose was a two-time All-American at Middle Tennessee, earning the honor in hurdles and the long jump in 1994. Rose was the 1994 NCAA national champion in the high hurdles in 1994, and also was named the Ohio Valley Conference Track Woman of the Year in 1994. At one time, Rose held six different school records.
With Rose leading the way, Middle Tennessee won the OVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 1994 and also finished eighth at the NCAA Championships. Rose was a semifinalist in the hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Rose moved to Austin, Texas, in 1995 to train with Beverly Kermey, the women's head coach at the University of Texas. She made the World Championship team for Jamaica and placed seventh in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Rose also was 10th in the world in 1995.
Rose realized a dream in 1996 when she made the Olympic team and placed fifth in the women's 100-meter hurdles. She also was fourth in the world.
Rose changed coaches in 1997 and began working with Dan Phaff, the assistant men's coach at the University of Texas. Rose made the World team that year and finished sixth in the 100 hurdles.
After winning the All-Carribean Game Championship in 1998, Rose was chosen to represent the Americas at the World Cup, where she placed fourth in the 100 hurdles. The hard-working Rose also made the World team in 1999 and 2001, and she placed fifth at the Goodwill Games in 2001.
Rose returned to Middle Tennessee in 2004-05 to finish her undergraduate degree after running professionally for a decade. She realized her dream, graduating in December 2005 with a bachelor's degree.
Rose married Fredrick Henley in 1997.