WWU's head coach for three seasons
Robin Ross begins his fourth season as head coach at Western with a record of 13-19.
Last year, the Vikings enjoyed the school's first winning season since 2004 and made the school's first post-season appearance since 1999, finishing 6-5, placing second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and taking a 25-10 victory over Colorado Mines in the 2008 Dixie Rotary Bowl.
In 2007, Western opened the campaign with a 28-21 upset victory at NCAA I-FCS UC Davis after ending the 2006 season with three straight victories.
Ross' first two years coincided with the Vikings being a member of the North Central Conference, regarded as one of the nation's strongest NCAA Division II alignments. During that stretch, Western played seven games against nationally ranked teams.
Ross, who was the defensive coordinator for two of the finest teams in Western history in the mid-1990s, has three decades of coaching experience.
Ross spent most of that time as an assistant at the NCAA Division I-A level. He also coached in the National Football League, being the linebackers coach with Oakland for two seasons, helping the Raiders have the ninth-ranked defense in the NFL in 2000, when they were 12-4 and reached the AFC Championship Game.
In 2005, Ross was linebackers coach at Oregon State University, where the Beavers led the PAC 10 in run defense, allowing 108.0 yards per game. He spent the previous four seasons as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at University of Oregon. The Ducks won the 2001 PAC 10 championship, finishing second in the ESPN Coaches Poll after defeating Colorado in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. He was also at Oregon as an assistant during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Ross came to Western in 1994 and in his first season, the Vikings led the NAIA Division II in scoring defense, allowing just 11.5 points a game and five times holding opponents without a touchdown. Western, which posted its first national playoff victory that season with a 21-2 triumph at No.1-ranked Linfield, ranked third nationally in rushing defense at 76.0 yards a contest and fifth in total defense (260.3) with 42 takeaways (26 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries).
In 1995, Western finished 9-1, going 9-0 for the first undefeated regular-season for the school in 57 years and being ranked No.1 nationally in NAIA II for five weeks. The defense allowed 13.7 points a game, ranking seventh nationally in that category.
Immediately prior to coming to Western, Ross had been defensive coordinator at Iowa State University from 1987 to 1993. He has also been a defensive coordinator at Fresno State University (1996) and University of Cincinnati (1984 and 1985).
Ross, 54, began his coaching career at Long Beach State University in 1977. A graduate of Washington State University, where he also spent one season as a defensive line coach, Ross was a second-team all-PAC-8 pick as an offensive lineman. He was a 10th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1976, and spent one preseason with the Seattle Seahawks.
Ross, the 13th head coach in the 98-year history of Western football, is a graduate of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, Calif. He and wife Jean have been married since 1980.
ROBIN ROSS - Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator
In fourth year as head coach at Western with record of 13-19 ... Last year, directed the Vikings to the school's first winning season since 2004 and the school's first post-season appearance since 1999, Western finishing 6-5, placing second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and taking a 25-10 victory over Colorado Mines in the 2008 Dixie Rotary Bowl ... In 2007, the Vikings opened campaign with 28-21 upset at NCAA I-FCS UC Davis after ending 2006 campaign with three straight victories ... First two years coincided with Vikings being member of North Central Conference, perhaps the nation's strongest NCAA Division II alignment. During that stretch, Western played seven games against nationally ranked teams ... Was Vikings' defensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995, two of the best seasons in school history ... Western led NAIA Division II in scoring defense in 1994, allowing just 11.5 points a game and five times holding opponents without a touchdown ... That season, the Vikings were 8-3 and posted their first national playoff victory with a 21-2 triumph at No.1-rated Linfield, being ranked third nationally in rushing defense at 76.0 yards a contest and fifth in total defense (260.3) with 42 takeaways ... In 1995, Western finished 9-1, going 9-0 for school's first undefeated regular season in 57 years and being ranked No.1 nationally for five weeks. The defense allowed 13.7 points a game, ranking seventh nationally in that category ... Was linebackers coach at Oregon State in 2005, the Beavers leading the PAC 10 in rushing defense allowing 108.0 yards per game ... Spent previous four seasons (2001-04) as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Oregon ... During that tenure, the Ducks won the 2001 PAC 10 championship, finishing second in the ESPN Coaches Poll after defeating Colorado in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl ... Also was an assistant at Oregon in 1997 and 1998, coaching the defensive line and linebackers ... Coached two years in the NFL with Oakland, helping Raiders to ninth-ranked defense in the league in 2000 when they were 12-4 and reached the AFC Championship Game ... Was defensive coordinator at Iowa State from 1987 to 1993, and defensive coordinator at Fresno State in 1996 and Cincinnati in 1984 and 1985 ... Defensive line coach at Washington State in 1986 and handled same duties at Long Beach State from 1977 to 1983 ... Graduate of Washington State, earning bachelor's degree in physical education in 1977 ... Played two seasons as offensive lineman for Cougars, receiving honorable mention All-American and second-team PAC 8 Conference all-star honors in 1975 ... Began collegiate career at Rio Hondo Community College (Whittier, Calif.), playing two seasons and earning first-team All-Southern California Conference honors ... Tenth round draft pick of San Francisco 49ers in 1976 and played for Seattle Seahawks for one preseason ... Native American (Cherokee) ... 54 years old ... He and wife Jean (formerly Kwid) have been married since 1980.
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