Jan. 9, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Record-setting Washington State University quarterback Timm Rosenbach has been hired at his alma mater to coach quarterbacks, according to new Cougar head coach Bill Doba.
Rosenbach, who led WSU to an Aloha Bowl win in 1988 and later played for the Arizona (then Phoenix) Cardinals in the National Football League, has been the offensive coordinator at Eastern Washington University the past two seasons.
"Timm is an excellent young coach," said Doba. "I know he was a very fierce competitor and I think that carries over into coaching. He has paid his dues and at Eastern Washington his offense ranked among the best in the nation the past two years. We interviewed him and were going to interview others, but decided there was no need to because of the way he taught, his expertise and his organizational skills. I think he will fit in our program very well and I think our kids will like him. He establishes instant credibility with our players, having played at the next level."
Rosenbach set WSU single season records in 1988 for total offense (3,422), passing yards (3,097), touchdown passes (24) and touchdowns responsible for (34). His total offense yards and passing yards per game were also Pacific-10 Conference records. He also had the highest quarterback rating in the nation that year, completing 218 of 338 passes with just 11 interceptions and 24 TD throws.
One of the highlights of the 1988 season was WSU's win at UCLA over the Bruins, who were ranked number one in the nation that week. Rosenbach threw for 272 yards and two scores against the Bruins.
Following his junior season and after WSU defeated Houston 24-22 in the Aloha Bowl, Rosenbach announced he would not return for his final year with the Cougars. He was then the second pick in a supplemental NFL draft, taken by the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals.
Rosenbach was with the Cardinals for four years, then spent a year (1994) with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League. In 1995 he signed a contract to play with the New Orleans Saints, but had to give up his career before the season because of a ruptured disk in his back. He also missed the 1991 season with the Saints because of a knee injury.
After several years in private business, Rosenbach began coaching in 1999 at Ambrose University in Iowa as quarterbacks coach. When his Cougar teammate Paul Wulff was named Eastern Washington's head coach in 2000, Rosenbach joined the staff as a part-time coach for one season, then moved into a full-time role as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2001.
In his first season as offensive coordinator the Eagles led the nation in total offense, averaging 514.5 yards per game, plus nearly 42 points per contest. In 2002 the Eagles averaged 447.7 ypg to rank sixth nationally, finished third in passing offense, 317.6 ypg, and 13th in scoring, 33.2 ppg.
Rosenbach is the third coach hired by Doba this week. Earlier he named former Cougar All-American Ken Greene as his secondary coach, then selected long-time collegiate and professional coach Leon Burtnett as WSU's new linebacker coach. Doba is still interviewing for an offensive line coach and running backs coach.