Feb. 8, 2003

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's basketball assistant coach Jan Ross will be one of only three inducted into the 2003 Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 15.

"It is truly an honor to be inducted into the Oklahoma Christian Hall of Fame," said Ross. "It's a thrill to be recognized alongside the incredible collection of athletes and coaches that are already a part of this Hall. I have always treasured my time spent at OC and still draw from the lessons that I learned and from the relationships that I developed."

As a player at Oklahoma Christian, she was an NAIA All-America honorable mention, All-District IX and All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection as a senior (1986). She also was an NAIA Scholar Athlete and was elected to Who's Who. An all-state athlete at Putnam City West, Ross ranks No. 11 on Oklahoma Christian's career scoring list with 1,348 points. She holds the school record for career steals (300) and completed her career with a. 537 field goal percentage and 494 assists.

After ending her collegiate career with OC, Ross joined the program as an assistant coach for five years and served as assistant athletic director for two years.

Ross is in her seventh year as an assistant under Head Coach Sherri Coale. The Chickasha, Okla., native has witness first hand the development of the Sooner program going from last place in the Big 12 Conference to the 2002 NCAA Final Four. OU has also made three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and won three straight Big 12 regular season titles plus the 2002 Big 12 Tournament championship.

Ross received her bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in physical education from Oklahoma Christian (1986) and her master's degree in sports administration from Oklahoma (1990).

Ross will be joined by former All-Americans Alan Hoffhines, baseball, and Tom Story, track and field, in this year's Oklahoma Christian Hall of Fame inductions. The inductees and their families will be honored at a dinner and official presentation will be held at halftime of the men's basketball game on Feb. 15.

Selection was made by a 13-member voting committee to recognize individuals who have excelled as athletes, coaches and for meritorious service and represent the highest ideals of the university. The OC Hall of Fame inducted its charter class in 1991 and now includes 28 honorees, including Coale.