Former Ohio State jumper Rosalind Joseph returns to lead Buckeyes track/cross country

Rob Oller
The Columbus Dispatch
Rosalind Joseph was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Former Ohio State All-American Rosalind Joseph is returning to her alma mater from Southern Illinois to coach men's and women's track & field and cross country.

Joseph, who excelled as a Buckeyes athlete in the early 2000s, replaces Karen Dennis, who announced her retirement Monday after serving 20 years with OSU.

“This is a dream come true,” Joseph said in a statement released by the school. “It is not often one gets to return to their 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 to come full circle as director is almost unbelievable."

Joseph spent a decade as an assistant and associate head coach at Ohio State under Dennis before leaving in 2018 to run the men's and women's programs at Southern Illinois, where during her tenure, 10 Salukis earned All-America honors. A six-time Big Ten champion (long jump, triple jump), Joseph was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Rosalind Joseph coached at Southern Illinois starting in 2018, and 10 Salukis earned All-America honors during her tenure.