By Nick Wojton, contributing writer
OSWEGO, NY – Since the 2009-10 season, the Oswego State track and field teams have gone through three head coaching changes, but the program hopes to find stability in the position with their fourth hire, Derek Rousseau.
Prior to his first collegiate head coaching position at Oswego, Rousseau worked his way through the ranks as a volunteer coach and assistant coach first at the high school level all the way to his most recent position as an assistant coach for the Merrimack College Warriors last season.
“Just from my own research, I know the programs had a lot of turnover in recent years,” Rousseau said.
Former head coach, David Thompson, accepted another head coaching position at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Rousseau, a native of Massachusetts, said that almost immediately he was excited about the possibilities Oswego offered him.
Prior to his hiring, Rousseau visited Oswego once during the interview process, but it only took one visit for the coach to become excited about the possibility of living in Oswego.
“I’m not going to lie, I fell in love with (Oswego),” Rousseau said. “It’s gorgeous being right on the water.”
Rousseau’s father was a member of the United States Navy, which he attributes his attraction to Oswego’s scenery to.
“I spent a lot of time around the water growing up as a little kid,” he said.
Despite the coaching changes Oswego’s track team, Rousseau said he can see some potential in the program and hopes to build on recent successes of the cross country team as well.
“I’m really looking forward to getting up there and helping the jumpers and sprinters gain some traction,” he said.
There will be an informational meeting for prospective athletes tonight: http://athletics.oswego.edu/news/2013/8/21/MTF_0821133141.aspx
Being a native of New England which offers similar weather as Central New York, one edge Rousseau said he looks forward to using to gain an advantage on opponents this year is the usage of the newly re-constructed Romney Field House.
“It’s a gorgeous facility,” he said.
According to Rousseau, the indoor track inside Romney has a softer surface as compared to others, which will take a lesser toll on athletes.
During his own playing career, Rousseau spent time as a 4×4 relay runner and short distance sprinter.
Rousseau began his head coaching position Aug. 15.