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SDSU names Rossiter head equestrian coach

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 05/04/2011 11:58:27
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South Dakota State Director of Athletics Justin Sell announced the addition of Megan Rossiter to the Jackrabbit athletic staff on Wednesday as the new head equestrian coach.

"We are excited to welcome Megan to SDSU and the Jackrabbit family," Sell said. "Her wide range of experience in college athletics and in private business gives her the tools to keep the Jackrabbit equestrian program moving in the right direction. I'd also like to thank Joe Humphrey for his six years of service to the program. He helped us launch the program in 2005, played a big part in putting the Jackrabbits on the national map, and we wish him the best."

Rossiter joins the Jackrabbit staff after spending the last four years at Drake Johnson Reining Horses in Wray, Colo., where she assisted in instructing riders, training and showing reining horses.

"I'm excited to for the opportunity to work with the young women on the equestrian team and be involved in a program with such great support from the administration, staff and community," Rossiter said. "I look forward to getting started!"

No stranger to the college coaching ranks, Rossiter began her collegiate coaching career at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., where she helped coach the western team, under head coach Larry Sanchez, as a graduate assistant from 2001 until 2003, when she accepted a newly created assistant coaching position. During her time on staff at OSU, the Cowgirl western team won the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and the reserve national championship in 2005.  

In addition to Varsity Equestrian the Cowgirls had much success in the IHSA.  Rossiter helped to coach 33 individual Zone champions, 18 Regional champions and seven national champions.  The Cowgirls were also Zone and Regional Champion teams in 2004, and the IHSA Reserve Western National Champion team in 2002.  

Rossiter began her involvement with horses in her hometown of DePere, Wis., where she grew up competing in the AQHA circuits, Congress and in the AQHYA World Show. She then competed as an intercollegiate rider in both hunt seat and western events at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., where she participated in the National Student Exchange at New Mexico State University as a junior in 1998. During that year at NMSU, she competed with the Aggie equestrian team under coach Larry Sanchez. 

Rossiter graduated from Murray State in 2000 with Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a concentration in equine science, and then earned a Master of Science Degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis on equine nutrition, from Oklahoma State University in 2008.

Rossiter begins her duties as head coach on June 6.

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