Ross named NWOSU soccer coach

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ALVANorthwestern Oklahoma State Director of Athletics, Brad Franz has named James Ross as the next leader of the Ranger Women’s Soccer program.

“I’m very excited about the hiring of coach Ross as he brings energy to the program and will be a great fit,” Franz said. “We believe that he will take this up and coming program that coach Liddell has established and continue the progress.”

Ross is very excited about the opportunity.

“I am absolutely grateful to be the head coach at NWOSU and I felt very wanted by this university,” Ross said. “That all started with the first phone call I had with AD Brad Franz. Once I heard all the great things about the gorgeous campus, to top notch facilities, I could tell right away the school believes in their athletic programs, which is something I have always treasured. In my opinion, this is what is needed to complete a life goal of mine, which is to win a national title.”

Ross comes to Northwestern after four seasons as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Cloud County Community College, where he was very successful in both programs, compiling a combined overall record of 70-20-5 (.734 winning percentage).

He began coaching at Cloud County in 2014 where he brought the men’s team from a tough spot all the way to a fourth place finish in the conference, which was only the start for the talented coach.

The T-Birds started to make headway in the 2015 campaign, finishing an impressive 11-2-2, earning themselves a national ranking of 18.

The next season was when the wheels really began rolling for Ross and his team, where they finished the season 19-1-2, making it to the National Championships where they went 1-and-1.

The big year for the team led to many different honors for Ross as he was awarded the District Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year and the Regional Coach of the Year. Not only did he receive those recognitions, but was also a top five finalist in the National Coach of the Year voting.

This past season was a busy one for Ross as not only did he have to recruit for the men’s program, but also for the reactivated women’s soccer team, which held 30 student-athletes.

He made the most of the situation however and did an incredible job recruiting, where he and his team finished the year at 15-5, winning the regional title along the way. The 14th ranked team in the country also made it to the national tournament, but were narrowly upended in both contests.

In his first season as the women’s coach, he landed seven of his players on both first and second teams in Region VI with one of his players taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Not only did his team get awarded many honors, but he did as well as he was voted District Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year and Region Coach of the Year, a big feat after a restarting of the program.

Ross led the women’s team to a conference title as well as a national tournament appearance this past fall, both firsts for the program.

After graduating from Park University with a BS in Business, Coach Ross took his passion for soccer to coaching. As an Assistant Coach at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, coach Ross was instrumental in taking the school to its first regional championship ever. Ross, who has had 20 student-athletes through his first two full seasons make All-Conference and All-Region teams, brings stability, enthusiasm, and a solid recruiting background to the Trailblazers Soccer program.

In 2005 Ross attended Barton County Community College and was a part of the soccer program. The Cougars won the Jayhawk West and went 16-1 on the season. Ross attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas in 2006 and was an All-Region performer on the soccer field. From 2007-2009 Ross was a member of the Park University Soccer program in Parkville, Mo. where he earned his BS in Business.

Ross owns a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma, and a United States Soccer Federation “C” License.

“I believe with all the quality student-athletes that are returning to the program, and what I’m hoping to add in a short time, we are going to try to make an immediate impact this fall, and I’d like to believe that there will be no excuses,” Ross said. “I believe the returners need to bring the mentality and belief to win conference titles, get to the national tournament and then anything can happen. I have heard great things from Brad on the ladies returning to NWOSU, and the first thing I want the team to hear is, I’m absolutely delighted to be their coach. I’m going to continue to build upon their stellar accomplishments as students, people and players. I don’t preach winning and losing, but we are going to compete, play a very attractive brand of soccer, minimize mistakes, be prepared for our opponents, and finish chances. The biggest thing is to continue to graduate the student-athletes and prepare them as best as possible for the real world. I believe that we are going to continue to build a conference champion and hopefully add to that.”


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