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Jan Ross

Assistant Coach
18th Season
 
 
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Jan Ross

Jan Ross is entering her 18th season as an assistant coach on the Oklahoma basketball staff. Ross has played an instrumental part in rebuilding the Oklahoma program. She has helped head coach Sherri Coale turn the Oklahoma women's basketball program into a nationally recognized name.

Since Ross' arrival, the Sooners have won six Big 12 Conference regular season titles, four Big 12 Postseason Championships, produced 11 20-plus win seasons and advanced to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Ross also helped OU to the 2002 National Championship game and back-to-back national semifinals in 2009 and 2010.

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 28 of the 34 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 92 Academic All-Big 12 selections in 17 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 Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2003.

 
 The Ross File
 Hometown  Chickasha, Okla.
 High School  Putnam City West
 College  Oklahoma Christian, 1986

 Coaching History
 1996-present, Oklahoma Assistant Coach

 Playing Experience
 1983-1986, Oklahoma Christian University
 
 Playing Honors
 NAIA honorable mention All-America, All-District IV and All-Sooner Athletic Conference as a senior
 NAIA Scholar Athlete
 Holds the OCU school record for career steals (300) and ranks 11th on the career scoring list with 1,348 points

 NCAA Tournaments Coached
 2000 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma
 2001 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma
 2002 - Final Four  Oklahoma
 2003 - 1st Round  Oklahoma
 2004 - 2nd Round  Oklahoma
 2005 - 1st Round  Oklahoma
 2006 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma
 2007 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma
 2008 - 2nd Round  Oklahoma
 2009 - Final Four  Oklahoma
 2010 - Final Four  Oklahoma
 2011 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma
 2012 - 2nd Round  Oklahoma
 2013 - Sweet 16  Oklahoma

 Prominent Pupils
 LaNeisha Caufield  Utah Starzz
 Stacey Dales  Chicago Sky
 Dionnah Jackson  Sacramento Monarchs
 Abi Olajuwon  Chicago Sky
 Ashley Paris  Los Angeles Sparks
 Courtney Paris  Sacramento Monarchs
 Danielle Robinson
 San Antonio Silver Stars
 Rosalind Ross
 Los Angeles Sparks
 Leah Rush
 Pheonix Mercury
 Nyeshia Stevenson  Phoenix Mercury
 Amanda Thompson  Tulsa Shock
 Maria Villaroel
 Phoenix Mercury
 Phylesha Whaley
 Minnesota Lynx
 
Ross also gained coaching experience at Broken Arrow (1995-96) and Del City high schools (1991-95) as the 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).