A 27-year coaching veteran, including 18 as a head coach, David Ross is in his first year as an assistant coach at UTSA
“David brings a tremendous amount of experience, specifically as a head coach who has built a program from the ground up,” head coach Larry Coker said. “He’s a tireless worker and will be an extremely valuable member of our staff as we get this program off and running.”
Ross totes 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level.
Ross was on the Illinois State staff along with fellow UTSA asisstant Mike Menefee where he was the cornerbacks coach from 2006-08 and the defensive coordinator his final season. In 2006, Ross’ corners contributed to ISU’s 17 interceptions and he mentored one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top newcomers in Kelvyn Hemphill.
Prior to his tenure at Illinois State, Ross spent five seasons (2000-05) as the head coach and athletics director at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. He was the Warriors’ first head coach following the program’s reinstatement after a 43-year hiatus and immediately established an NAIA program that was nationally ranked.
Bacone was not Ross’ first rebuilding job, as he took over a Kemper Military Junior College program in 1995 that had not posted a winning season in 20 years. He registered a 33-20 record in his five seasons — including a school-record four consecutive winning campaigns — and produced 42 NCAA Division I prospects, seven of which went on to careers in the National Football League.
Ross spent seven seasons at the high school level in Missouri, beginning as head coach at his alma mater, William Chrisman in Independence, from 1988-91. He then started the football program at Blue Springs South from 1992-94, guiding the 1994 squad to an 11-1 record and the state quarterfinal round.
Ross got his start in coaching as an assistant coach in charge of the defensive line at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College from 1982-84. He then worked with Coker as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State from 1984-86 before serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Central Methodist (Mo.) from 1986-88.
Ross played quarterback and defensive back for Central Methodist from 1978-82.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Central Methodist in 1982 and a master’s degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2005. He has four children, Zac, Hayden, Darce and Brogan.
The David Ross File
· 2009-present: UTSA, assistant coach
· 2006-08: Illinois State, assistant coach
· 2000-05: Bacone (Okla.) College, head coach
· 1995-99: Kemper Millitary (Mo.) Junior College, head coach
· 1992-94: Blue Springs South (Mo.) High School, head coach
· 1988-91: William Chrisman (Mo.) High School, head coach
· 1986-87: Central Methodist (Mo.), assistant head coach
· 1983-85: Oklahoma State, graduate assistant
· 1982-83: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, assistant coach
· 1978-81: Central Methodist, quarterback/defensive back
· Master’s degree in sports administration, United States Sports Academy, 2005
· Bachelor’s degree in physical education, Central Methodist, 1982
· Sons: Zac, Hayden and Darce
· Daughter: Brogan
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