04/12/2013 – Ernie Mousseau, former cross country and track & field coach at Aquinas College, passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.
Mousseau was the “heart and soul” of the Aquinas track and cross country teams for nearly two decades. The Alpena native came to Aquinas College in 1973 from his assistant coaching position at Central Michigan University to the head coaching position at Aquinas. Ernie's coaching tenure coincided with the apex of NAIA track and cross country in the state of Michigan. Mousseau sent numerous individuals to the NAIA national meets in cross country and track, with 16 of his harriers gaining All American status. An outstanding teacher Ernie helped two of his athletes become national champions (Tom Carr – Hammer Throw and Pat Weiler – Steeplechase). Mousseau also aided numerous novices in the Grand Rapids area to learn race walking techniques. Mousseau was an Alma College graduate where he excelled in football and track. He later went to Central Michigan to earn his master’s degree. Ernie served as the chair of the physical education department, director of athletics, and athletic faculty representative as an associate professor in the academic department. Ernie and his wife, Sue, have three sons, Andy (an All American & Academic All American in track at Aquinas), Jamie and Scott.
Mousseau was part of the seventh Athletic Hall of Fame Class which was inducted on October 3rd, 2008.
Funeral arrangements and services are pending.