Ross joined North Carolina A&T as the director of the track and field
programs on July 11, 2012. The 2012-13 season will be his first with the
Aggies, and he will be responsible for the men's and women's cross country,
men's and women's indoor track and field and men's and women's outdoor track
and field programs.
comes to A&T after serving as the track and field director at Methodist
University, a Division III program, in Fayetteville, N.C. for the past five
years. During his time at Methodist, the Monarchs won nine individual NCAA
Championships and earned 46 All-American honors. On 62 occasions, a Monarch
achieved an NCAA qualifying mark and Methodist has won 84 individual Mason
Dixon Conference Championships under Ross' direction. The last four Mason Dixon
Conference Athletes of the Year have been Monarchs, and the last two Cross
Country Mason Dixon Athletes of the Year were also Methodist student-athletes.
Monarch women captured both the indoor and outdoor Mason Dixon Conference
Championship titles in 2011 and the outdoor title again in 2012. Their
conference championship was the first in the programs history. In 2011 the
Monarchs finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championship before going on to
finish third at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 2012 the Monarchs finished
fourth at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships and fourth again at the NCAA
his tutelage, sprinter Ashlynn Chavis won numerous National Championships, set
NCAA all-time bests in the 100 meters, Long jump and as a member of the 4x100
meter relay, while sprinter Ruby Blackwell was named the United States Track
& Field Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Year in
2011.His athletes took the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Track Athlete of the
Year and also the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year
awards in 2011. Ross also amassed 25 scholar athlete honors, two Academic
All-American honors, three Methodist University Scholar Athlete of the Year
awards and 43 school records in his tenure at Methodist.
garnered numerous Coach of the Year awards during his time at Methodist: Two
consecutive USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011
and 2012, Mason Dixon Indoor Coach of the Year in 2011 and Outdoor Coach of the
Year in 2011 and 2012, and Methodist University Coach of the Year in 2011.
began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson University,
his alma mater, in 2006.
joined Methodist University after retiring from his professional career as an
Olympic athlete and world class sprinter. Ross competed on the U.S. Olympic
Team in 2004, and earned a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Trials in the men's
110 meter hurdles. He finished ninth in the 110 hurdles at the Olympic Games in
Athens, Greece. He is a four-time member of the U.S. World Championship team,
where he earned two U.S. Championships and two silvers medals in the 60 and 110
meter hurdles. He also earned the bronze medal in that event in the 1999 World
Championships. He was consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world in his
event throughout his professional career.
made his debut in world track and field events at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor
Championships, where he finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles event. He also
finished fourth in the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 1999 IAAF
Grand Prix Final. Ross was the 1998 USA Indoor 60 meter hurdles champion. His
highest ranking was fifth in the world in 2003.
won the NCAA Championship in the 110 hurdles in 1995 as a member of the Clemson
University track and field team. At Clemson, he became a seven-time
All-American and five-time ACC Champion in addition to his national title. He
received his bachelor's degree in financial management in 1996 from Clemson.
is from Dallas, N.C., and attended North Gaston High School. He was a football
standout in high school, and joined the track and field team to rehabilitate an
ankle injury before the next football season. He found immense success in the
hurdles, and won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state
title in the 110 meter hurdles in his first season.
holds a USA Track and Field Level 1 coaching certification and is also a certified
USA Track and Field official. He's the former Vice President for USA Track and
Field for the state of North Carolina.