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Beck will take over boys tennis, Rose will coach softball for Irish

Two local coaches had previously expressed interest in coaching a pair of Rosemount sports programs.

Good thing for Dana Beck and Tiffany Rose, the Irish were also interested in them.

Two weeks after Smokey Vitek was named to succeed Kristin Helgeson as Irish varsity volleyball coach, Rosemount athletic director Mike Manning hired new coaches for the varsity softball and boys tennis teams.

And he didn't have to go far to find replacements for the departed Jim Matheson and Jeanne Ewen.

Dana Beck, who is currently the coach for the Irish girls tennis team and the district's CI adaptive floor hockey team and was the coach for the district's PI adaptive softball team, will take over the boys tennis program.

Tiffany Rose, a teacher at Rosemount Middle School, will become the new softball coach.

Long before the positions had become available, both Beck and Rose had mentioned their desire to one day take over the programs they now lead.

"I think with the consistency between the boys and girls teams -- I have boys as managers on the girls teams -- that it was a great opportunity to go for," Beck said.

"I think the most interesting thing, since I've never coached tennis in the spring, will be getting used to the spring weather."

Manning wasn't surprised by Beck's interest when the position opened two weeks ago.

"She always talked about how she would love to do both programs some day," Manning said. "She's such a known quantity. She's done well with the girls program and I do believe she will be able to replicate that on the boys side. She's a quality tennis coach."

Under Beck's direction, the Irish girls tennis team advanced to the state tournament last fall, the first time any Rosemount tennis team had qualified for the state tournament. She was named the section coach of the year in 2008 and 2009.

Beck, who has led the girls tennis team since 2001, will continue to coach the adaptive floor hockey team, but her duties as tennis coach in the spring will take her away from the adaptive softball team.

"I wanted to make sure there were coaches in place that would fill the void if I decided to do both the boys and girls and that has come to fruition. I felt confident in that," Beck said.

Rose is no stranger to the Rosemount softball program. She was a four-year all-conference pitcher for the Irish, twice being named all-state honorable mention. She helped the team to a state-tournament berth in 1998.

She has been an assistant on the Eastview softball team for the past two seasons and was previously an assistant for the Eagan softball team.

"I had to wrap some things up at Eastview to make sure I wasn't jumping the gun," Rose said. "Mike has known that I wanted to coach there. It's no secret. Eastview coaches knew it was no secret. I was just waiting my time and the time finally came."