“We lost six seniors from last year’s team but we have our pitchers back and we’re going to need more players to step up,” said Roustan. “We’ll have excellent leadership from our two seniors, infielder Averi Donaldson and pitcher Paige Hartley. I also expect our catcher Geena Telschow to work with the younger players as well.”
The journey to Roswell has been unique for Roustan who had an elite prep career beginning in the state of California starring at Temecula Valley High School. She lettered in all four years at the varsity level and was named to the first-team within her league from her sophomore to senior seasons.
Roustan than attended Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Calif., earning all-state accolades and leading the Comets to the California state championship. She matriculated to Tennessee and became the starting third baseman for the Volunteers, leading the Southeastern Conference in fielding percentage under the guidance of co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly.
“There aren’t many female high school softball coaches that played collegiately at a high level,” stated Roustan. “Anytime you play outside of high school when the coach’s job is in jeopardy based on your performance, the stakes are higher and there is more pressure. I’m competitive and challenge my players but work with them as well.” Some bonding experiences have included the entire team, coaches included, doing physical workouts together as a part of off-season conditioning.
Roustan has previously been the head coach at Sonoraville High School in Calhoun and led the Phoenix to it’s first-ever appearance in the state playoffs in 2009 where it would be eliminated by the eventual state champions, Buford. She knows the importance of working with the different types of players that will be comprise the Hornets’ roster.
“There’s difficulty in balancing the needs between players who are going to play competitively in college and others who just want to enjoy the game of softball,” said Roustan. “I want all the players to learn life lessons most importantly and take the things they’ve learned from the field and apply them to life in general.”
One difficulty that hasn’t confronted Roustan, who is the mother of twin ten-year-old daughters, is the welcome she has received from the entire North Fulton community. “Roswell has been great to my family,” said Roustan. “We live in a diverse area and the parents have been very supportive and we help each other out when needed.”
Roustan obtained her teaching certificate through the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP) and teaches classes in the Special Education and English departments at Roswell. The Hornets begin their season on August 9 against South Forsyth.