Ross spent the last two seasons as head coach at Caroline County, compiling a 7-14 record and helping the Cavaliers reach the Virginia 4A playoffs for the first time since 2007. Prior to that, Ross served as an offensive line coach and coordinator at Western Carolina University for two seasons and head coach for seven seasons at Crespi Carmelite High (Calif.), where he won one state title.
“We really liked his passion for the game and the background and experience he brings as a head coach at the high school level and coordinator at the college level,” said West Potomac athletic director Aaron Helmick, who chose Ross from among three finalists and more than 40 applicants.
The former Fresno State offensive lineman said he plans to bring an uptempo style to the Wolverines, using the spread, hurry-up offense from his previous stops while catering to the athletic personnel he expects to inherit next fall in Alexandria.
“We want to be aggressive on defense because I think that’s where you win championships,” Ross said. “I’m an offensive lineman at heart, so I like to run the ball, but we’ll look to be fast and press the tempo.”
West Potomac went 4-6 last year behind the all-purpose play of Demornay Pierson-El, who gained 1,883 total yards and will play at Nebraska next season. The Wolverines are expected to return junior quarterback Preston Jones and sophomore wideout Jordan Alexander, who totaled 279 receiving yards and five touchdowns.