|Position:||Chief of Staff|
|Alma Mater:||Oklahoma Christian|
Jan Ross is entering her 23rd season on the OU staff and serves as the program's chief of staff. Ross has played an instrumental part in rebuilding the Oklahoma program and has helped head coach Sherri Coale turn the Oklahoma women's basketball program into a nationally recognized name.
Ross served 22 seasons as an assistant coach before transitioning into the role of chief of staff prior to the 2018-19 season. Ross oversees academic progress for students-athletes, break down film of OU’s practices and opponents, assist OU’s coaching staff with various initiatives and work in an outreach role with the community and local high school coaches.
Since Ross' arrival, the Sooners have won six Big 12 Conference regular season titles, four Big 12 Postseason Championships, produced 15 20-plus win seasons and advanced to 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Ross also helped OU to the 2002 National Championship game and back-to-back national semifinal apperances in 2009 and 2010 along with nine Sweet 16 appearances.
Ross has been extremely active in all phases of Oklahoma's emergence into the national spotlight. Ross' area of emphasis includes coaching OU's frontcourt, recruiting and scouting opponents. Not only is her expertise with post players essential, but Ross is a mastermind when it comes down to the Xs and Os of the game. She is also one of the top recruiters in the game. Ross' recruiting efforts have ensured that the Sooners will remain one of the top women's basketball programs in the country.
In addition to the Sooners' team accomplishments with Ross on the sideline, OU post players have flourished individually. She has helped Phylesha Whaley, Courtney Paris and Caton Hill develop into three of the top post players in the country. All three players are among the best in Oklahoma history and the records books illustrate it.
In past seasons, Ross monitored the academic progress of each student-athlete. As a team, the Sooners have posted a team GPA of 3.0 or better for 37 of the 44 semesters she has been at OU and have had four student-athletes earn Academic All-America first team honors under Ross' watch. Oklahoma has produced 127 Academic All-Big 12 selections in 22 seasons.
As a player at Oklahoma Christian, she collected numerous playing and academic honors including NAIA honorable mention All-America, All-District IV and All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection as a senior. She also was an NAIA Scholar Athlete and was elected to Who's Who. An all-state athlete at Putnam City West, Ross ranks 11th 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 Oklahoma Christian, Ross joined the program as an assistant coach for five years and served as assistant athletics director for two years. This Oklahoman was inducted into her alma mater's Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2003.
Ross also gained coaching experience at Broken Arrow (1995-96) and Del City high schools (1991-95) as head coach.
The Chickasha, Okla. native received her bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in physical education from Oklahoma Christian University (1986) and her master's degree in sports administration from the University of Oklahoma (1990).