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When Eric Peterson was filling out his coaching staff in 2009, he didn't have to look far to fill the role of assistant coach for sprints and hurdles. He hired someone who has become one of the best in the business - and one he was able to see first-hand on numerous occasions during his tenure with the UCLA track and field program.
Hasani Roseby is now entering her fifth season with the Tulane track and field program after an illustrious collegiate and professional career that saw her capture numerous individual and team titles while competing at UCLA - where Peterson was an assistant for a number of years - and abroad. In her four seasons at the helm of the sprints and hurdles program at Tulane, the Greenies have seen vast improvements in a number of events.
During the indoor season, 17 spots in the Tulane record books for sprints and hurdles are occupied by student-athletes tutored by Roseby. Seven of the ten 60 meter hurdle slots are owned by her runners, including the second overall time of 8.88 seconds set by Adiyah Crute in February 2013. In the 60 meter dash, Kasey Rodgers (7.35 in March 2011), Tiffany George (7.48 in February 2011) and Olivia Kizzee (7.49 in February 2010) hold the second, third and fourth slots, respectively.
The outdoor season has proved even more successful, for 25 spots in the women's record book are held by her athletes, while an additional 16 spots on the men's side are because of her doing. Roseby's relay teams have been especially outstanding, as 13 of the men's slots belong to her student-athletes while nine of the women's spots are connected to her coaching.
In 2010, Olivia Kizzee qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash, joining Jamie Riles in the 400 meter dash and the 4 x 100 meter relay squad consisting of Kizzee, Riles, Kasey Rodgers and Tiffanie Smith. The following year, DeBowles returned to the NCAA Regionals (after a redshirt season), qualifying for the 400 meter hurdles, along with Tiffany George - who competed in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash - and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of George, Smith, Jerica Banks and Hilary Woods. Rodgers competed once again in the 100 meter dash at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Regionals while DeBowles closed out her career at the same meet in the 400 meter hurdles.
At the conference level, Roseby coached Riles to the 2010 Conference USA Outdoor Championships 400 meter gold medal with a time of 53.62, marking the first individual Conference USA Champion for Tulane since 2007. DeBowles earned the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2011 C-USA Championships with a time of 58.82 seconds. In addition to these two stellar performances, a slew of her athletes have scored points for the team over the course of her tenure. During the 2010 C-USA Outdoor Championships, her student-athletes were the only ones who notched points for the squad.
Prior to joining Tulane, Roseby competed on the national and international levels. The Monterey, Calif., native was a two-time qualifier for the US Olympic Trials, competing in the 100-meter hurdles in 2004 and the 100-meter event during the summer of 2008. She arrived on the international stage in 2004 when she competed as a member of the USA roster at the U-23 NACAC Track and Field Championships. Roseby nabbed the silver medal as a member of the US 4x100 relay team and also took home the bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles. Three years later, she won the USATF Indoor national crown, running 7.16 over 60-meters to rank second in the United States and among the top 10 in the world.
In March of 2009, Roseby was a finalist in the 60-meter dash at the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championship, placing seventh, as she represented the United States at several international meets. The sprinter claimed individual titles in the 100 and 200-meter dash events for Team USA in St. Polten, Austria that season. Roseby prepped at UCLA, where she was a three-time All-American and a member of UCLA's NCAA Division I National Championship Team in 2004. That year, she finished the campaign with a broken right hand, but still helped the Bruins to a national runner up finish in the 4x100 relay. Roseby also competed in the 100-meter hurdles and was a part of the 4x400 relay team that set a school record of 3:27.57 in qualifying. Roseby was ranked no. 14 in the US and in the top 50 in the world in the 100-meter hurdles at seasons end. For her efforts, head coach Bob Kersee honored Roseby by making her the recipient of the Gail Devers Most Inspirational Athlete Award after the 2004 campaign.
Before becoming a Bruin, the sprinter was a two-time California State Champion while at Monterey High School. During her time with the Toreadores, she earned Prep All-American honors on the track.
Roseby earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Diversified Liberal Arts from UCLA in 2005.
Roseby resides in Metairie, La.