Berkeley Prep senior Michael Rosenbach, a first team all-Hillsborough County cross country selection by the Tampa Tribune and an all-state performer last fall, has made a commitment to Brandeis University.
Rosenbach earned all-state honors with his 14th-place finish in the Class 2A state finals. He was also the Class 2A-District 5 champion last season. As a junior, he was 19th at the state meet. Rosenbach was the Buccaneers' No. 1 man most of last fall and says he chose Brandeis, a private research university just outside of Boston, for both its academic standing and its stature as a well-developed athletic program as an NCAA Division III school.
In 2010, Brandeis was ranked No. 34 by the U.S. News and World Report among the country's national universities. ranked it No. 57 among the nation's universities and liberal arts colleges combined. Last season in cross country, Brandeis men's team took third in the NCAA D-III Regional Championships. The Judges are coached by former Providence all-American John Evans, who has guided athletes at the Olympic and world championship level including his wife, Sinead Delahunty-Evans, who represented Ireland in the 1,500-meter run at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
Rosenbach said Evans was a big reason why he chose Brandeis over other school he was considering, which included Indiana, Miami and Washington University.
"I was impressed by the sincerity and friendliness of distance coach, John Evans," Rosenbach said. "Brandeis offers additional features aside from its fine academics and athletics -- a close proximity to Boston while still maintaining a beautiful suburban campus. Furthermore, although this may sound strange to my fellow Floridians, I am attracted to a climate that has four seasons, even considering a very real winter."
Although certain he wants to compete for Brandeis, Rosenbach said he is unsure what his major will be there. He is, however, considering a career in the medical field. Like last spring, Rosenbach will be running the 4x800, the 1,600 and the 3,200 this track season for Berkeley.
"I have not really given serious thought to goals for my collegiate experience as I am focusing on what I hope will be a great track season to wrap up my high school career," Rosenbach said. "I can say that I plan to compete to the best of my abilities and leave nothing on the course or track."