Megan Rossiter took over the Jackrabbit equestrian program on June 6, 2011, after spending 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 work with the young women on the equestrian team," Rossiter said. "Being involved in a program with such great support from the administration, staff and community made this an easy decision for me."
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 squad 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 attained much success in IHSA competition. Rossiter coached riders won 33 individual Zone championships, 18 Regional championships and seven national titles. The Cowgirls as a team also won Zone and Regional Championships in 2004, and the IHSA reserve Western national title 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.