Ross Joins Oregon State Staff
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women's soccer team has added Joshua Ross to the coaching staff, head coach Lauren Sinacola announced Friday.
"I am very excited about adding Joshua to our program. Joshua is a hard worker that is motivated by doing what is best for his teams and his student-athletes, both on and off the field," said Sinacola. "Joshua is passionate about the game and goes about his business in a professional manner. He brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and is a hungry recruiter. On top of it all, Joshua is a good person and we are lucky to have him join our Beaver family." said Sinacola.
Ross joins the Beavers after serving as an assistant coach of the Western Michigan men's soccer team since 2013. The Broncos went 7-6-5 (2-3-1 MAC) this fall, notching wins over Butler, Michigan State, and No. 21 Akron.
In the nine seasons Ross has assisted at Western Michigan, the Broncos have gone 90-51-25 (25-13-12 MAC) and has coached 41 All-MAC honorees as well as eight All-North Region players. He was also part of the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Great Lakes Region Staff of the Year. Ross also helped coach 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and MAC Player of the Year Brandon Bye.
During the 2017 season, the Broncos went 17-4-1 and went undefeated in conference play during the regular season. After earning the program's first regular season MAC title, WMU finished second in the MAC Tournament and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. The Broncos recorded their first-ever NCAA Tournament win against Albany in the second round and advanced to their first Sweet 16 appearance.
In his first season at WMU, the Broncos finished as the 2013 MAC regular season and MAC Tournament runners-up. The Broncos marked their fifth postseason appearance in program history and finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-9-1 (4-1-1 MAC) record.
"I am extremely excited to be joining Oregon State University," said Ross. " I would like to thank Coach Sinacola for her belief in me and what I can bring to the program. Corvallis really is an amazing place and my family and I are looking forward to engaging in what the university and community as a whole has to offer.
"I believe in the vision that Coach Sinacola has set forth for the program and I believe the program is headed in a very positive direction. I am inspired to do all I can to help these student athletes reach all of their goals both on and off the field. I am very thankful and appreciative for my time at Western Michigan and very proud of what we were able to achieve there. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with such incredible coaches, players, administrators and student athletes.
"I would like to thank my incredible wife Cassie, and my boys Graeme and Finn, and our family for all the love and support as we take on this new adventure together. I am excited to get on campus, meet the team, and get to work! The future of Beaver women's soccer is very bright and I am overjoyed to become a part of Beaver Nation. Go Beavs."
Prior to his time at WMU, Ross spent three years at Olivet College, where he helped the Division III Comets to a national top 25 ranking and two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship appearances.
Over the course of his coaching career Ross has served as the head varsity boys' coach at Hackett Catholic Central High School (2008-09) and Otsego High School (2004-07). During the 2006 and 2007 spring season, he served as an assistant coach at WMU. He also served as an assistant varsity boys' and girls' soccer coach at Kalamazoo Central High School in 2000.
Between the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Ross spent six months in Dundee, Scotland, training and studying daily with the Dundee Football Club of the Scottish First Division as well as the Broughty Athletic Football Club in the Scottish Junior Football Association.
Ross lettered on the men's soccer team while attending Western Michigan from 2000 to 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical science in 2005 and earned a master's degree in sports management from WMU in spring 2012.