Ohio State Hires Former MLL Player Brad Ross

 Brad Ross has been named an assistant coach for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Nick Myers, Buckeye head coach, announced Friday. Ross, who will serve as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, spent the last four years as the associate head coach at Bryant. A three-time All-American and two-time team captain at Duke, Ross began his coaching career at Brown University in 2009.

“We are thrilled to have Brad on board,” Myers said. “He has an outstanding record of success at every level – as a collegiate player, as a professional athlete and as a coach. Brad is an impressive teacher of the game and he will help our men develop on and off the field. I believe he will make a significant impact on the Buckeye lacrosse family.”

Ross was part of the Bryant staff that led the Bulldogs to three consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament titles and back-to-back NCAA appearances. The squad was 16-5 in 2014 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals with wins over Siena in the play-in game and Syracuse in the first round.

“I could not be more excited to receive the opportunity to work at Ohio State,” Ross, a native of Darnestown, Md., said. “I am coming into a program that has seen great leadership and growth under Coach Myers and the rest of the Buckeye staff. Coach Myers and I have hit it off quickly, sharing many similar beliefs about coaching and developing student-athletes both on and off the field. The first team meeting cannot come quickly enough.”

Ross was a two-time captain (2008, ’09) and three-year starter at midfield for the Blue Devils. During his five-year career with Duke, he was a part of three ACC titles (2007, ’08, ’09) and the squad reached the NCAA semifinals four times, including a berth in the national championship game twice. Ross, who was part of an NCAA-record 73 wins during his career, had 102 points for the Blue Devils (76g, 26a). He earned USILA Third Team All-America accolades in both 2008 and ’09 and was an honorable mention selection in 2007.

Ross played professionally for four years before retiring because of medical issues prior to the 2013 season. He was a member of two Major League Lacrosse championship teams, winning the title with Toronto in 2009 in his first year as a pro and with Boston in 2011. Ross, who saw action in 40 regular-season MLL games in his career, scoring 46 goals and 70 points, was selected for the 2011 MLL All-Star Game. He was a second-round choice of Toronto in the 2009 MLL Draft.

A USILA Scholar All-American, Senior CLASS Award first team honoree and ACC All-Academic Team choice, Ross graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2008. Using his final year of eligibility to work toward agraduate degree, he earned a master’s degree in humanities with a concentration in ethics from his alma mater in 2009.

Ross replaces Dave Dobbins, who left Ohio State for a position with 3d Lacrosse.