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.