Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Grieving husband thanks UC family

Football helps Rosfeld cope with wife's death

By Bill Koch
Enquirer staff writer

Doug Rosfeld thought he was finished sitting in offensive line meetings, but there he was Tuesday morning sitting with the current University of Cincinnati offensive linemen.

And he was happy to be there.

A week earlier, Rosfeld, a three-year starter at center for UC from 1998 to 2000, lost his wife, Stephanie, an assistant UC volleyball coach. She died Aug. 10 of cardiac arrest brought on by a sudden, undetected enlarged heart. They have a son, Will, who was born May 28.

"The offensive line let me go down to the meetings," Rosfeld said. "To spend time thinking about football and not thinking about other stuff makes it easier. Steph was a huge football fan and a huge UC fan, too. It's nice getting out here and enjoying the atmosphere."

Rosfeld was invited to UC's training camp in West Harrison, Ind., by Mark Dantonio, the Bearcats' first-year head coach.

"Coach Dantonio called our house to pass on his condolences and even left training camp to come to the funeral," Rosfeld said. "The whole athletic department and the football team have been really great to both my family and Steph's."

Rosfeld said UC president Nancy Zimpher also called to offer her condolences.

"We've had a lot of help and support from everyone, from the athletic department and UC in general," he said.

"Coach Dantonio, in particular, has been amazing. I met him twice before, but I didn't really get a chance to know him. I'm really impressed with him. He seems like a great coach, but he seems like a better person, compassionate and sincere. I think he's going to do some great things at UC."

Rosfeld, who teaches 10th-grade history at Western Hills High School, returns to school for the first day of classes next Wednesday.

"A lot of my students were at Stephanie's funeral," he said. "It's going to be interesting talking about it with them. They'll want to see how I'm going to handle it. It's going to be a challenge forever. I'll just take it one step at a time."



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