Rosalind Joseph Named Director of Athletics and Cross Country – Ohio State Buckeyes


Columbus, Ohio –Gene Smith, senior vice president and endowed athletic director of the Wolfe Foundation, today announced the hiring of Rosalind Joseph as the new director of athletics and cross country at The Ohio State University.

“I am thrilled to introduce Rosalind Joseph as the new Director of Athletics and Cross Country,” Smith said. “She has head coaching experience overseeing a men’s and women’s dual program in southern Illinois, and now she’s coming home to Ohio State. She’s won six individual Big Ten championships as a than Buckeye, graduated from Ohio State, then coached here under Karen Dennis and helped us win six Big Ten tag team titles.

Joseph, a Buckeye alum, returns to Columbus after a four-year run at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she served as director of athletics and cross country. Saluki’s women’s teams earned four second-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while the men’s finished third. A total of 10 Salukis have won All-America honors, seven women and three men.

“Wow – this is a dream come true,” said Joseph. “It’s not often you go back to your alma mater to lead. Ohio State is a place that has given me so much as a student-athlete and as a young professional, so coming full circle as a director is almost unbelievable. Thanks to Mr. Gene Smith and his administration for entrusting me with this role. These are BIG shoes to fill after Karen Dennis, but anyone in the country would. I feel ready and ready to return to my second home and take on the task of continuing the tradition of greatness with this historic program.

Joseph began his time at Carbondale with a record-breaking season as the Salukis set six school records, had 28 top-10 program performances, won 17 individual conference championships and helped 16 student-athletes qualify for championships. NCAA outdoor regionals. the championships. Joseph guided the first female sprinter since 1986 to All-American honors, the first female 4×100 relay in program history to All-American honors and the first male runner since 1992 to All-American honors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rosalind back to Columbus as the new Director of Track & Field and Cross Country,” said Jamie Wood, Athletic Administrator for Track & Field and Cross Country. “Following such historic coaching led by Karen Dennis, there was no doubt in our minds that Coach Joseph puts us in the best position to continue to build on the foundation of success established over Karen’s years. .”

Prior to his move to the SIU, Joseph spent a decade coaching the Buckeyes. She was an assistant coach from 2008 to 2012 before being promoted to associate head coach in 2013 and coaching throughout the 2017-18 season. Joseph coached jumpers and multi-event athletes during his time coaching at Ohio State, producing the first men’s national champion in 25 years in the long jump. During Joseph’s tenure, the Buckeyes won six Big Ten Tag Team Championships and produced numerous All-Americans, Big Ten Individual Champions, Academic All-Americans, and Athletes of the Year. She was named Great Lakes Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year before leaving for Southern Illinois.

Joseph’s first coaching job was as an assistant coach at Auburn from 2006 to 2008.

Joseph graduated from Ohio State in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in human ecology. She was a two-time outdoor All-American in the triple jump finishing fifth at the 2005 NCAA championships and sixth at the 2004 NCAA championships. Joseph was a six-time Big Ten champion, winning triple jump competitions three times (2004 indoor , 2004 outdoor, 2005 indoor) and long jump (2004 indoor, 2005 indoor, 2005 outdoor). She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Joseph continues to hold the Ohio State program records in the outdoor long jump (6.39m) and indoor triple jump (13.37m). His outdoor triple jump record (13.50m) stood for 17 years before Jaimie Robinson broke it at this season’s NCAA Regional Meet.

In the triple jump, Joseph also qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished ninth at the 2005 U.S. Track and Field Championships.

Joseph and her husband, Dexter, have three young children: a daughter, Gabrielle, and sons Harrison and Julian.

Joseph’s hiring follows Monday’s announcement that Karen Dennis would retire after 45 years, including the last eight as Ohio State’s director of athletics and cross country.



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