Famous Female Volleyball Player
Rose Magers

Famous female volleyball player

Rose Magers-Powell was a member of

the 1984 Olympic volleyball team which

earned the first silver medal in

US history for women's volleyball. 

Rose Mary Magers was born in Big Springs, Texas, June 25, 1960, to

Ellihue Magers and Opal Jean Scott-Magers. There were a total of 6

children living in the Magers family, all of whom played some type of

sports from baseball and softball to track.

Rose is the number four child in the group.

Opal Magers, mother of Rose, was the physical education teacher at the

local Bauer Elementary school. It was Opal who would encourage all

the young girls to excel in the athletic field, telling them that one day

soon universities would offer scholarships providing the opportunity for

girls to participate on a team while continuing their education.

Rose took her mother's words to heart and became a high school

standout in basketball, track & field and volleyball.

For the Magers family of six, it would have been almost impossible to

send them to a university to continue their education. Because of her

excellence in several sports at the high school level, several colleges

and universities would recruit Rose.

Famous Female Volleyball Player
Rose Magers' College Life

The time did come for her in 1978 when she accepted a volleyball

scholarship at the University of Houston, trained and competed under

the leadership of Ruth N. Nelson.

Rose was a three-year starter at the University of Houston.

Because of her volleyball skills, athletic ability and

development, she was setter, leading hitter and blocker for the


In 1979 as a sophomore at the university, she led the team to 1st place

in the Texas Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW)

Tournament and 1st place in the Southwest AIAW Regional Tournament.

Rose would also lead her USVBA Houston Stars volleyball team to the

Lone Star Regional Championship in each of 1978, 1979 and 1980.

After only two years of collegiate play, Rose was invited to the Sports 

Festival in 1979. It was at the Sports Festival in Colorado Springs that 

she had her most significant experience in volleyball as a player.

Rose had never been to an Opening Ceremonies. The torch, the

pageantry, the fire, the emotion, she decided that this was where she

needed to be.

Following the Sports Festival, Rose was selected to the USA Junior 

National Volleyball Team to train and compete for the Pacific Rim 

Tournament. Her volleyball skills continued to develop as did her 

high-level play, and she was named Best Spiker at the Pacific Rim 


It was at the Sports Festival in Colorado Springs that she had her most 

significant experience as a volleyball player

Rose had never been to an Opening Ceremonies. The torch, the 

pageantry, the fire, the emotion, she decided that this was where she 

needed to be.

Following the Sports Festival, Rose was selected to the USA Junior 

National Volleyball Team to train and compete for the Pacific Rim 

Tournament. Her volleyball skills continued to develop as did her 

high-level play, and she was named Best Spiker at the Pacific Rim 

Volleyball Tournament.

With only two years of collegiate play and international playing 

experience, Rose began her junior year ready to help her college

volleyball team to achieve the next level. Rose proceeded to lead the 

University of Houston's team to 1st place in the Texas AIAW Volleyball 

Tournament,1st place in the Southwest AIAW Region Four Regional 

Volleyball Tournament and 12th place in the National AIAW Tournament 

in 1980.

In the process, Rose was named to the Southwest AIAW Region

Four All Regional Volleyball Team and All-American playing for

the Houston Stars at the USVBA National Volleyball Tournament.

Rose finished her collegiate career at Louisiana State University

while continuing her volleyball training and development under the

tutelage of Ruth N. Nelson.

Rose was named to the Southeast Conference's All  Conference

Team and SEC All Tournament Volleyball Team plus All American

at the USVBA National Volleyball Tournament. 

Ruth N. Nelson, Rose's coach said,

"Rose was the #1 volleyball and basketball recruit in Texas and is

one of the finest and most talented athletes that has ever come from the

Lone Star State."

"When Rose arrived at Houston, she had not played any junior club

volleyball, and she was a tall, lanky, young aspiring athlete not

realizing the Olympic potential that she possessed. It was her timid

personality and her family background that I was most impressed with

prior to recruiting her."

"Her willingness not only to accept our structured college program, but

also to support the disciplined training that was needed to get her as

well as her teammates to the next level."

"Rose excelled in every position that I trained beyond the level of any of

the exceptional athletes that I have ever coached. She was so talented

that training her as a setter/hitter was unheard of at that time. She

was an exceptional setter and outstanding hitter for four years of

collegiate competition. "

Famous Female Volleyball Player Rose Magers
Joins USA National Volleyball Team

Following her collegiate experience, Rose joined the United States

National Volleyball Team in 1982. She was one of the youngest and

inexperienced volleyball players on the team, and it was Flo Hyman

who mentored her.

Flo helped Rose gain confidence in her self and in her skills; she taught

her the ropes and instilled the importance of representing her team and

her self. It was Flo's words that rang true in everything Rose


"As long as you prepare well, you will be prepared to compete at any


And what was it like for Rose to play with Flo Hyman as well as several

of the best volleyball players in the world?

Rose was at the end of a hitting line with Flo Hyman, Paula Weishoff and

Rita Crocket when she asked herself: "What am I going to do?"

It was right then and there that she committed to step it up, to prepare

as hard as she could, and bang the ball off the floor as hard as those in

front of her had done.

And so she did!

Rose was committed to learn something from every single touch.

During those two years, Rose helped the volleyball team achieve a Silver

Medal at the Super Three Volleyball Tournament (China, Japan and

USA), a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games, a Bronze Medal at the

World Championships, and a Gold Medal at the NORCECA Games in


After only two years on the National Team but with tremendous

international experience and outstanding support, dedication and

drive, Rose became the starting middle blocker at the 1984

Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was considered the most

improved volleyball player at the Games.

The USA was also considered in the top two volleyball teams in world

and finished second at the 1984 Olympic Games behind Gold Medalist


Immediately following the 1984 Olympics, Rose signed her first contract

to play abroad with Nippon Electric Company (NEC), a national

technology company.

NEC ranked 7th in a volleyball league of eight when Rose and former

teammate Sue Woodstra arrived to the team.

By the end of the season, NEC was ranked in the top three in a tough

Japan League. Over the next seven years, NEC won the Championships

and continued to maintain their position in the top three.

During that time, Rose was named Most Valuable Player, Most Point

Maker, Best Blocker, Best Spiker, and High Point Percentage.

In 1990, Rose spent the next three years as a volleyball player and an

assistant volleyball coach with the Daiei Professional Volleyball Team,

which was coached by Dr. Arie Selinger.

Under his direction, Rose further honed her playing and her coaching

volleyball skills. In Dr. Selinger's words,

"I had the privilege to work with Rose while she was a member of the

1984 USA Olympic Team and later, in 1991, when she joined the Daiei

club volleyball team in Japan."

"Rose was one of those rare athletes whom God blessed with the

physical and mental attributes a winner should possess. She was quick;

she was skillful, and she was composed and positive under pressure."

"Rose learned and improved fast and she made everything look so easy

and natural. It was a special sight to see Rose play."

"She looked graceful, poetic and yet fearsome and powerful. Rose's

tremendous competitive spirit coupled by an uncompromising striving

to win made her one of the greatest and most domineering volleyball

players I have ever coached or seen in action. I was lucky to have Rose

on my volleyball teams."

Rose not only was successful on the volleyball court in Japan, she was

also successful in meeting her husband now of 21 years. At the time,

Harry J. Powell, native of Huntsville, AL, was in a branch of the Navy

and stationed in Japan.

They were married in 1986, then relocated to Huntsville, AL, where they

have raised two young men, William Scott Powell (12) and Brandon

Michael Powell (8).

Her volleyball career was not yet over. Rose spent 7 months out of the

year not only competing in Japan, but also continuing to help the

volleyball community in Huntsville, Alabama grow.

In 1987, she started her first volleyball camp called "Rose Magers-Powell

Just Say No" with 100 players.

This was during a time when drugs were running rampant in the youth

community. Rose helped train many high school volleyball teams and

coaches each year before deciding to lead her own high school team.

She accepted the head volleyball coaching position at Lee High School.

Under her leadership, the volleyball team quickly moved up in the top

ten ranking in the state. Rose spent 4 years at Lee High School before

accepting the head women's volleyball coaching position at Martin

Methodist College in 1996.

The first year at Martin Methodist College, which is a small NAIA school

in Pulaski Tennessee, the team was seeded 7th out of 8 volleyball teams

in the conference. By the end of the season, Martin Methodist was

competing for the championship and winning their first school volleyball


In addition, Rose was named Conference Coach of the Year.

Martin Methodist maintained the top ranking in the conference and at

regionals every year. They won the regular season volleyball

championship, won the conference volleyball championship, and

finished runner up at the regional volleyball championships in 2005-2006.

In 1994 Rose started her Rocket City Volleyball Club in Huntsville,

Alabama and quickly gained respect in the junior volleyball club


Over the past 29 years, she has trained thousand of volleyball players

from Special Olympics athletes to players at all levels of collegiate

volleyball; some are All-Americans and are candidates for the USA team.

But the dream is not over. It is only in a different phase.

And what is that dream?

Rose has begun to live her dream of owning her own facility so that she

can train and assist more youth and coaches attain their best. She has

bought the land and is in the process of designing the building plans.

The Rose Magers Foundation's training facility will be created to reflect

her love of the volleyball game as well as to provide athletes the

opportunity to excel in sports so that they can fulfill their dreams of one

time playing in college and having the opportunity to have the finest

level of education.

From Big Springs, Texas, to Tokyo, Japan to Huntsville, Alabama, Rose

has learned from every "touch" and has built upon all of her


She has continued her preparation, her commitment, and her


The legacy lives on!

This speech was reprinted here with the express permission from Ruth

N.Nelson c/o brvc inc.

Copyright 2007-2017 brvc inc.

All rights reserved.

Speech written by Ruth N. Nelson friend, coach, mentor in occasion for the "All-Time Great Player Award" presented to one of the worlds famous female volleyball players Rose Magers Powell at the USAV Nationals in Austin, Texas May 2007.

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