Philadelphia University has an extremely diverse and competitive community of hard working students, however, I want to highlight the journey of a PhilaU student-athlete that has excelled across the board, Seiji Rose. The senior captain of the men’s soccer team, Seiji traveled here from Toulouse, France where he graduated from Lycee Climatique et Sportif Pierre de Coubertin; named after Pierre de Coubertin, who is recognized by some historians as the instigator of the Olympics as we know them today. At 1,850 meters of altitude, this school is known for its incredible cross training of athletes through the beautiful yet rigorous terrain. While schooling there, Rose ran cross country and aided in leading the team to a French National championship; alongside his plush soccer career, leading the soccer team to three championship titles as captain for two of the three championships. Additionally, Seiji had the opportunity to play with Zweigen Kanazawa; a professional football club located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. There Rose played with professionals on a daily basis, adapting to the speed at that level, while also learning the importance of smart decisions on the field. When Rose was asked about his time playing in Japan, he mentions “I learned so much from the pros and playing in a different culture, however, I wanted to continue PhilaU so it was more for the learning experience”
Studying and playing here at Philadelphia University, Rose quickly made a name for himself starting three straight years after a red shirt freshman year. Captaining the Rams for one year, Seiji stepped into this leadership role naturally and exhibited to his teammates the outcome of hard work, with the correlating accolades to represent his outstanding work ethic.
He was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-East Region Men’s Soccer third team. Rose adds this all-region honor to an impressive list of awards that includes the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Defensive Player of the Year Award, All-CACC first team recognition, Division II Conference Commissioners Association Men’s Soccer All-East Region first team. (Philaurams.com/sports)
This past season as the leader of the defensive four, Seiji led the Rams back line through two shutouts and an average of 1.49 goals scored against them. Rose also contributed five goals from free kicks, alongside two assists, playing up he aiding the Rams offense immensely.
After Seiji’s sophomore year he earned the opportunity to play with the Ocean City Nor’easters in the Premier Development League. This is considered to be the fourth tier of professional soccer under Major League Soccer and is sponsored by the United Soccer Leagues. Looking forward, Seiji will play with Lehigh Valley United, again in the Premier Development League in the summer of 2017. Rose will graduate this spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing and will captain the Rams for his second straight season while completing his innovation Masters of Business Administration in Management. Philadelphia University remains extremely grateful for the hard work and publicity Seiji Rose has brought to the university, and we look forward to witnessing the continued success Seiji will incur on and off the field.