Steve Rousey finished eighth season as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors, finishing in seventh place with a 29-27 overall record, going 9-15 mark in the Big West. After successfully recruiting his second top-40 class in as many seasons, Rousey finished the 2010 season with the program's first winning season since the 2002 campaign.
Last season saw the Matadors deal with an inordinate amount of adversity as a number of key players suffered injuries that would force them to sit out a large portion or the entire season en route to a 24-32 overall record.
However, junior Brian Slover and seniors Richard Cates and P.J. Rousey performed strongly enough to receive All-Big West Conference honors, with four players - Cates (Los Angeles Angels), Jeff Pruitt (Chicago Cubs), Rousey (Los Angeles Angels) and Slover (Toronto Blue Jays) being drafted or signing with various Major League Baseball organizations following the conclusion of the season.
In 2008 the Matadors post an overall record of 24-32, and 8-16 in the Big West. Having fielded one of the youngest teams in the nation. Rousey was able to successfully balance the trials and tribulations faced by his first-year players making their debut with the team, while furthering the development of his upperclassmen's leadership abilities and skill set both on and off the diamond.
Led by Big West Freshman Player of the Year Ryan Pineda, two Matadors were recognized for their consistent successes and named to the 2008 All-Big West Second Team while an additional four student-athletes received 2008 All-Big West Honorable Mention honors; the highest number of Matadors who have received postseason accolades during Rousey's time at CSUN
2007 saw the Matadors jump out to a 7-2 record, marking the early season with comeback victories and dramatic finishes. Rousey guided his squad to tough series wins against UNLV and at Pacific, and coaxed two wins out of his team under difficult conditions at texas Pan-American's Citrus Tournament.
Things continued to look good through a series win against #16 Oklahoma State, a weekend that the Matdors finished with a record of 10-7. Shortly thereafter, however, the team entered a slide that they never recovered from, and ultimately fell to an eighth-place Big West finish.
In 2006, Rousey navigated the Matadors through a challenging schedule, which included visits ranked opponents in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Tempe, Arizona for #10 Arkansas and #12 Arizona State, respectively. Further, Northridge hosted #2 Cal State Fullerton in Big West conference play.
The Matadors went 1-8 in those games, but still managed a 20-15 non-conference mark, inspiring hope for a strong Big West finish. Northridge opened conferenc eplay with a sweep at the hands of Cal State Fullerton, and they never recovered., finishing with a 6-15 conference mark. Overall, the Matadors were over .500 at 26-25 as late as May 19, but a five-game slide pu the record at 26-30, a best for a Rousey-coache squad.
In his first season as a Division I head coach, Rousey's 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 Cal St. Fullerton, 1988and 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 Rousey's 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).
Before his career as a coach, Rousey was a top pitcher at Cal State Fullerton. In three seasons with the Titans, he compiled an impressive 15-5 record with 120 strikeouts. Rousey played in the College World Series twice ('82 and '84), helping the team to the national championship in '84 while compiling an 8-3 record with a 3.47 earned run average.
A fourth-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1984, he spent five years playing professionally in the Mariners and Montreal Expos organization.
Rousey earned his bachelor of arts in English from Cal State Fullerton in 1988 and his master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 1992.
He is currently living in La Crescenta with his wife Robin and their four children, P.J. (21), Gabbie (18), Nate (13) and Faith (9).