"Upon my resignation, I will be focusing my time now on helping my wife raise our two daughters, Ailis and Mallory, while continuing my clinical research position at the University at Buffalo," explained Osmond of his decision to resign.
"I am grateful for all that Pete has given to Canisius College in his nine seasons and for the outstanding foundation that he has built for our cross country program here at the College" said Maher. "His desire to spend more time with his young family has become increasingly more difficult given the demands of his position at the University at Buffalo and those of his role as our head coach here at Canisius. While we are disappointed to be losing such a tremendous head coach, we wish Pete all the best."
At the 2011 Little Three Championship, Osmond led the Canisius men's team to its sixth-consecutive victory and the women's team to its fifth-straight victory over rivals Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University. Under Osmond's guidance, the women's team earned their best finish at the 2010 MAAC Championships, finishing in second place, their highest finish for the program since 1997 when the team captured first.
Under the direction of Osmond, the Golden Griffins found success on the race course and in the classroom, with a total of 65 MAAC All-Academic honorees.
"When I reflect on my nine seasons at Canisius, there are many unforgettable moments. There were student-athletes, who achieved beyond what I originally thought possible, and some teams that did the same. There were some great races and some heart breakers," said Osmond. "But the memories that will last beyond are the personal moments, and the personal relationships I had with my student-athletes; which I always believed to be the toughest and most rewarding part of coaching."
Along with his coaching responsibilities at Canisius, Osmond was also employed as a study coordinator and laboratory coordinator at the University at Buffalo Department of Medicine/Division of Clinical Pharmacology, which he will continue in this role. Osmond received his master's degree in exercise physiology from Michigan State University in 2001. He also earned bachelor's degrees in exercise science (Michigan State University, 1999) and history (Buffalo State College, 1994).
A national search for the position of head coach of the men's women's program will begin immediately.
TRANSACTIONS: Canisius cross country head coach Pete Osmond resigns.