Robin Ross Rejoins Coaching Staff

June 22, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

Robin Ross has returned to the Oregon State University football program as a graduate assistant coach, head football coach Mike Riley announced Monday.


            Ross will coach the tight ends after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Western Washington University (WWU eliminated program following ’08).  Ross served as the linebackers coach under Riley at OSU in 2005 and in his one season coached Pac-10 Conference First Team selections Keith Ellison and Trent Bray, and second team honoree Derrick Doggett (special teams).  He was part of a defensive coaching staff that helped the Beavers finish first in the conference for rush defense, allowing 108 yards per game.  Ross also recruited current Beaver starting tight end Howard Croom.


            “I’m very excited to have Coach Ross back at Oregon State,” Riley said. “He did an outstanding job for our program before and he adds a lot of experience to our current coaching staff.”


            At WWU, Ross rebuilt the Vikings and in the team’s final season of play led it to postseason for the first time since 1999, defeating the Colorado School of Mines in the Dixie Rotary Bowl.


            “I’m ecstatic about returning to Oregon State,” Ross said.  “I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to rejoin Coach Riley’s staff and be a part of one of the premier programs in the nation.” 


Ross, a 1977 graduate of Washington State University, began his coaching career the same year at Long Beach State.  He remained at LBSU through 1983 and then accepted the defensive coordinator position at the University of Cincinnati where he had a two-year stint beginning in 1984.  He also has been the defensive coordinator at Fresno State (1996), Western Washington (1994-95) and Iowa State (1987-93). 


His other coaching stops include the Oakland Raiders (1999-2000), Oregon (1997-98) and Washington State (1986).  The Raiders won the 2000 AFC West title and he would go on to coach the linebackers in the Pro Bowl.


He had a successful playing career, starting at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Calif., in 1972.  He played two seasons and earned first team all-conference as an offensive lineman.  Ross transferred to WSU, where he earned honorable mention All-American and second team All-Pac-8 Conference.  He was drafted in the 10th round by the San Francisco 49ers and played preseason for the Seattle Seahawks. 


Ross joins former Beavers Daniel Drayton and Ryan Gunderson as graduate assistants.  Drayton works with the defense and Gunderson is in an administrative role.


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