In one of the quickest coaching turnarounds I've seen in 20 years of Saluki sports writing, SIU Athletic Director Jerry Kill has selected Ohio State associate head coach Rosalind Joseph as the new director of SIU track and field and cross country.
It was but July 12 that the Dawgs announced former coach Kathleen Raske's departure.
"We couldn't be more excited to get a superstar in track and field," Kill said. "Joseph is a dynamic recruiter, and we're very fortunate to have her."
Her former boss echoed that sentiment.
"She's an amazing all-around coach," Ohio State coach Karen Dennis said. "She will be a tremendous asset for Southern Illinois."
She's helped the Buckeyes win six Big Ten titles and was named Great Lakes Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
As a college athlete at OSU, Joseph was a two-time All-American in the triple jump in 2004 and 2005 and was named to their Hall of Fame.
Although she is stepping down a bit as far as conferences are concerned, by coming to the SIU program, she realizes the storied history of Saluki track and field.
"The athletes that SIU produces are of a national caliber," she said. "That's a big deal, and I don't take the responsibility lightly."