Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Bucknell hires Aaron Roussell
Bucknell has hired University of Chicago coach Aaron Roussell to take over the Bison women's basketball team.
Roussell spent the last eight years at Division III Chicago. He guided the Maroons to a school-record 27 victories and the NCAA tournament regional semifinals this past season. Chicago has made the NCAAs in four of the past five seasons, including the regional finals in 2011.
Roussell replaces Bill Broderick, who took over Jan. 13 when veteran coach Kathy Fedorjaka resigned. Fedorjaka had been at the school for 15 years, with three 20-win seasons and Patriot League championships in 2002 and 2008.
Bucknell was 5-25 this past season.
In a statement, Roussell thanked Chicago for giving him the experience that allowed him to move up to a Division I program. He said Bucknell was an ideal fit because of basketball and academics.
"To be frank, there is no way I would have left Chicago unless it was for a place that shared my values on what the student-athlete experience should be all about. But to me Bucknell is an easy sell," he said. "You would be thrilled to send your daughter or son there, and that is important to me."
At Chicago, Roussell compiled a 161-50 record, including a 52-5 mark with a 43-game regular-season winning streak over the last two seasons.