Hired by head coach Bret Bielema in July of 2014, Jake Rosch is in his third year as Arkansas’ Director of Football Operations. With experience in the Big 12 and Pac-12, Rosch came to Fayetteville after two seasons as the Head of Football Equipment Operations at the University of California (Berkeley).
Rosch is responsible for all of Arkansas’ equipment needs, including fitting, ordering, maintaining, laundering and inventory. One of the athletic department’s key Nike liaisons, Rosch is responsible for maintaining the football equipment budget.
During the 2014 season, Rosch helped re-introduce Arkansas’ 1964 uniforms to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arkansas’ National Championship (Link Below). At the 2016 Liberty Bowl, Arkansas donned cardinal chrome helmets in the 45-23 win over Kansas State.
Rosch’s duties also extend to gameday logistics for home and away games, highlighted by postseason competition. Since arriving at Arkansas, Rosch has organized trips to the 2014 Texas Bowl and the 2016 Liberty Bowl. The Razorbacks won both games are the only SEC West program to win a bowl game in each of the last two seasons.
Over his 11 years in the business, Rosch has worked exclusively with Nike. While at Cal, Rosch helped the athletic department and Nike successful partner to produce a complete re-brand.
A graduate of Iowa State, Rosch was a student manager from 2005-09 before moving into an Assistant Director of Equipment role from 2009-12. While at Iowa State, Rosch worked for head coach Paul Rhoads, who is currently at Arkansas as an assistant coach for defensive backs. While at Iowa State, Rosch worked the 2005 Houston Bowl, 2009 Insight Bowl and 2011 Pinstripe Bowl.
Rosch and his wife, Megan, met as undergraduates at Iowa State and were married in 2011. He is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (since 2009) and is an active member on the AEMA Certification Steering Committee.