Head Coach: Cal State Northridge
Steve Rousey begins his fifth season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors in 2007 after posting a 77-146 mark over his first four seasons. The Matadors posted a 28-29 record in 2006, the best under Rousey's watch.
In his first season as a Division I head coach, Rouseys squad finished with a 14-42 overall record. The Matadors put together a league record of 8-13, including big wins versus Big West powers Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.
The top assistant coach at Northridge for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Rousey helped lead Northridge to a two-year record of 75-39 and the Matadors claimed the Big West title in 2002. Working primarily with the pitchers, Rousey saw his staff finish the 2002 season with 41 wins, 13 saves and 478 strikeouts. Northridge pitchers ended the year second in the Big West in strikeouts, and third in earned runs allowed. The head coach saw two pitchers earn all conference honors and one pitcher (Bill Murphy) named to the All-West Region team. In Rouseys first season with the Matadors he guided the pitching staff to a 4.60 earned run average and 459 strikeouts in 492.2 innings during the 2001 season. The Matadors ranked second in the Big West Conference in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and gave up the third-fewest earned runs in the conference.
Before coaching at Cal State Northridge, Rousey's 12-year coaching career included stints at Long Beach State and Los Angeles City College.
As the head coach at Los Angeles City College (95-00), Rousey compiled a 24-18 record in his first year after taking over a team that had no players after being cut and then reinstated. His teams compiled 50 wins over his last two seasons while 56 of Rousey's players went on to play at the university or professional level.
Before taking the helm of Los Angeles City College, Rousey was the pitching coach at Long Beach State (93-95). While with the 49ers, the team claimed two Big West titles while making three regional appearances. His staff helped Long Beach State make it to the College World Series semifinals in 1993. During his stay, the 49ers had three pitchers earn All-American honors and one named the National Pitcher of the Year (Daniel Choi, '93). The 1994 staff posted a 3.47 earned run average, which ranks third all-time on the Long Beach State Career List, while the 1993 pitching staff finished with a 3.55 team earned run average, which ranks fourth all-time. His 1993 pitching staff finished the season third all-time in saves with 19, fifth in fewest runs per nine innings with 4.6 and third in strikeouts with 495. His 1995 squad is first in saves with 21 and second in total strikeouts with 528.
Rousey has also coached with several summer collegiate teams, including as the pitching coach for the Alaska Goldpanners (98-99) and as the head coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious Cape Cod League (95).