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Baseball: College elects not to bring back La Crescenta resident as Matadors baseball coach.

June 11, 2010|By Charles Rich
  • La Crescenta's Steve Rousey will not be back as CSUN baseball coach.
La Crescenta's Steve Rousey will not be back as CSUN… (Courtesy of CSUN )

GLENDALE — Steve Rousey sensed uncertainty when he went in for his end-of-the-season evaluation.

Having coached the Cal State University Northridge baseball team to its first winning season since he took over the program in 2002, Rousey's uncertainty was warranted, as the university elected to end the La Crescenta resident's tenure as Matadors coach, choosing not to renew his contract after its expiration this season.

"I sensed something was up when I walked into the meeting Wednesday," Rousey said Thursday. "I didn't know what they were going to say because there was some uncertainty in that my one-year contract was coming up.

"It was eight years of learning and I felt like we were getting momentum toward the end of the last three years."

Rousey, 47, compiled a record of 169-278-1 overall and 48-129 in the Big West Conference, which features top teams such as Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. The Matadors finished with a losing record from 2003-09 before going 29-27 and 9-15 in conference this past season.


CSUN Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto said Thursday that the program is seeking to move in a new direction.

"We went through an annual evaluation," said Mazzuto, who added the university has begun its search for a replacement and will look to make a hire by July. "I spoke to Steve and told him what our plans were and told him we would not be picking up his contract.

"His contract expires at the end of June. He's a fine person and he worked hard here for a long period of time. I thought there's potential for greater success [with the program]."

Rousey was named head coach at CSUN on Aug. 5, 2002. He had served as the team's interim coach for nearly two months prior after spending the two previous seasons as an assistant coach at CSUN. He became the seventh coach since the program's inception in 1959.

Rousey inherited a CSUN squad that captured the Big West Conference title the previous season and reached the NCAA first-round regional under Mike Batesole, who left to take a similar position at Fresno State. Rousey also coached at L.A. City College and served as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. In Rousey's two years as an assistant coach at CSUN, the Matadors were 75-39 and gained national prominence by being ranked as high as 15th by Baseball America in 2002.

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