Rob Whitten
Rob Whitten
Title: Women's Track and Field Head Coach
Phone: (207) 780-5595
Email: robert.whitten@maine.edu
Previous College: UNH '04, '06

            The University of Southern Maine Athletic Department announced on September 23, 2019, the appointment of University of Rhode Island men’s assistant track and field coach Rob Whitten as USM’s new women’s track and field and cross country head coach.  Whitten will assume his new duties at USM on October 15th.  Al Bean, Director of Athletics at USM, made the announcement following a national search.

            Whitten becomes just the second head coach in the history of the USM women’s track and field/cross country program, succeeding long-time head coach George Towle who retired.  Interim women’s cross country coach Jim Karcanes will continue to run that program through the conclusion of the 2019 fall season.

            "I'd like to start by thanking Athletic Director Al Bean and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity,” replied Whitten via email on his selection.  “I am extremely grateful to be named just the second head coach in the history of the University of Southern Maine women’s track and field/cross country program. Coach Towle built the program from scratch to a perennial championship contender and I look forward to adding to that legacy.

            “I cannot thank John Copeland and the administration at the University of Rhode Island enough for my 11 years there.  The lessons I've learned have been invaluable and have prepared me for this next step.  I cannot wait to get back to my home state of Maine to meet the team and get started on a great year for the USM women’s track and field program," added Whitten.

            Whitten has spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the URI men’s track and field program.  His primary area of focus has been with the jumpers and multi-event athletes.  In his time at URI, Whitten has helped develop 49 Atlantic-10 champions, 102 All-New England finishes, 17 New England champions, and 35 All-East/All-IC4A selections.

            In 2018, Whitten was chosen by his peers as the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region.

            Prior to his time at URI, Whitten spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford where he mentored two America East champions.  He also served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, and was part of the Wildcats 2006 America East Outdoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year.

            As an undergraduate at UNH, Whitten was a five-time all-conference and two-time All-New England performer in the pole vault and multi-events.  Whitten completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2004, and received his master’s in kinesiology from UNH in 2006.

            Originally from Farmington, Maine, Whitten was a New England high school champion in the pole vault and is the former state of Maine indoor and outdoor pole vault record holder. He won three Class A state titles while competing for Mount Blue High School.

            “I'm very excited about the addition of Rob Whitten to our staff as head coach of women's cross country and track and field,” commented Bean.  “Rob has strong Maine roots, was an outstanding student-athlete at UNH, and has an impressive coaching background at UNH, Hartford and the University of Rhode Island.

            “Rob is highly regarded in the coaching world and has the deep respect of his colleagues as well as his current and former student-athletes,” continued Bean.  “He’s excited about joining our staff and leading the Huskies and is committed to working very closely with Ryan Harkleroad, our men's coach.  I'm confident that Rob will build upon an already strong tradition of women's cross country and track at USM and bring the program to the next level of success.”

            Whitten inherits a program that has produced one national champion, 19 All-American performances, won 19 Little East Conference indoor titles, 19 outdoor titles and six cross country championships, 17 New England Alliance indoor championships, 16 outdoor championships and two cross country titles, and three state indoor track and field crowns.

Mike Drummey
Mike Drummey
Title: Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach
Previous College: Southern Connecticut '96

            Now in his 12th season as an assistant coach with the USM men’s track & field program, Mike Drummey has provided invaluable guidance to the Huskies’ men and women’s pole vaulters.

            One of the top pole vaulters in New England during his collegiate days at Southern Connecticut State University, Drummey won the NCAA Division Two indoor and outdoor pole vault championships in 1995, and was runner-up indoors and third outdoors in 1994. During his career, he earned All-American honors six times (three indoor, three outdoor). Drummey won the outdoor IC4A title and was third at the Penn Pelays in 1994. He still holds the SCSU school record indoors (17-8 1/2) and outdoors (17-6 1/2).

            During his tenure with the USM men and women’s track & field programs, Drummey has coached four All-Americans (Wil Snyder, 2004; Melissa Bellemore, 2006; Bethany Dumas, 2011; Molly Gibeault, 2017) and 41 Little East Conference champions.

Jim Giroux
Jim Giroux
Title: Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach
Phone: (207) 780-5042
Email: james.r.giroux@maine.edu
Previous College: Nichols

The USM Department of Athletics is welcoming a familiar face in a new role as Jim Giroux will join the department staff as a full-time strength and conditioning coach and fitness center coordinator.  No stranger to the athletic teams in Gorham, Giroux has been a member of the coaching staff of the Huskies' perennially successful women's track and field program since 2005.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that Jim Giroux has joined our staff on a full-time basis.  Jim has been part of our women's track staff for many years and we are now able to fully utilize his talents as our Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Manager," noted Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Jim has great experience and is immensely knowledgeable in the area of strength training.  He has a proven track record, an excellent way of working with student-athletes and will be a tremendous asset to both our athletic programs and to all of our facility users."    

A graduate of Nichols College with a degree in Business Administration, Giroux earned his Master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts.  In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Giroux is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He also holds licensing from the Unites States Track and Field Association, USA Weightlifting and has been certified in Functional Movement Screening.

With a passion for lifelong fitness and optimal performance for athletes of all ability levels, Giroux is familiar not only with members of the women's track and field program but nearly all of USM's approximate 500 student-athletes on an interim basis during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Prior to his appointment at Southern Maine, Giroux has also served as personal trainer/coach at Dynamics Fitness and Performance since 2010, and as a member of the coaching staff for the Gorham High School indoor and outdoor track and field programs. Giroux was also an Assistant Track & Field Coach with the University of Massachusetts from 1988 through 2000. 

With the advances in the study of human performance, it is a necessity at all levels – NCAA Division III through the professional ranks – to have a dedicated certified strength and conditioning coach on staff.  Giroux's expertise and familiarity with USM's student-athletes is a great asset to USM athletics, its coaching staff and student-athletes.

Michael Roscoe
Michael Roscoe
Title: Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach
Previous College: Wilmington '97, '00

            Beginning his first season with the Southern Maine women's track and field program, Mike Roscoe is a highly-regarded coach who guides the Huskies' sprinters and hurlders.  He is also in his second season assisting with the USM men's track and field program.

            Prior to coming to USM in 2018, Roscoe coached at Wesley College (Dover, Delaware) for five years coaching sprints, hurdles, relays and combined events.  As part of the Wolverines staff, Roscoe coached five NCAA Division III national champions, 46 Division III All-Americans, 81 national qualifiers, and 114 Capital Athletic Conference/ECAC Division III champions.

          Roscoe was a successful high school coach at Ceasar Rodney High School (Camden, Del.) directing his girls' indoor teams to consecutive undefeated seasons.  He had state champions in sprints, hurdles, high jump, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.  He had national qualifers in the 100 meters, the 4x100 relay, triple jump and high jump.  He was twice named the Indoor Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

            Retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 20 years of service, Roscoe earned his bachelor's degree in human resource management from Wilmington University (New Castle, Del.) in 1997, and his master's in school counseling in 2000.  He holds the following certifications: USA Track and Field Level 1 Certification; USATF Level 2 Sprints/Hurdles/Relay and Combined Events; Level 3 Sprints/Hurdles; and International Association of Ahtletics Federation (IAAF) Level 5 Sprints/Hurdles.

Jim Karcanes
Jim Karcanes
Title: Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach