Former SW, SSU standout Rose passes away in automobile accident

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Michael Brady Rose, a former standout for South Webster and Shawnee State University in the athletic arenas, died on Friday, June 1 in an automobile accident in Wheelersburg, Ohio. Rose’s vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, overturned after striking a culvert, which ejected Rose from the vehicle.

Born on August 25, 1976, Rose grew up in South Webster and graduated from South Webster High School in 1995, excelling as a three-sport athlete.

“The SSU athletic department and campus community is tremendously saddened to hear of the tragic death of Michael Brady Rose,” said Shawnee State athletics director Jeff Hamilton. “He was an outstanding pitcher on some of our best teams in the 1990s. We pass our condolences to the entire Rose family, which has a rich and continuing tradition for the Bears. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Rose attended Shawnee State from 1996-1999, and played four years of baseball for the Bears.

As a pitcher, Rose was 14-6 with a 5.15 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 34 career appearances, according to the Shawnee State University Athletics website, He was named Second-Team All-American Mideast Conference in his senior season in 1999, was named AMC Pitcher of the Week on May 9, 1999, and amassed records of 3-1, 3-1, and 8-3 in his final three seasons on the hill for the Bears. Rose, who threw 10 complete games and three shutouts over the course of his career, led Shawnee State to the 1999 American Mideast Conference Tournament Championship, which allowed the Bears to qualify for the NAIA Regional Tournament for the first time in program history.

Rose was one of four members of his family that represented SSU as student-athletes. His older sister, Brandi Rose-Zimmerman, was a standout on the women’s basketball team and was inducted into the Shawnee State Athletics Hall of Fame, and his younger sister, Bria Rose-Reed, played volleyball for one season in 1998. Rose was also the uncle of current Shawnee State men’s soccer player Shane Zimmerman, who was also a three-sport athlete at South Webster and will be a sophomore for the Bears. Like his uncle, Shane also pitched on the mound for the Jeeps in addition to handling middle infield duties.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at D.W. Swick-Nelson Funeral Home in South Webster. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Condolences can also be sent online at

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