Feb. 27, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen announced on Monday that Robin Ross has been hired as the Cowboys' new linebackers coach. Ross' hiring was officially announced upon the completion of his paperwork with the Wyoming Athletics Department. He comes to Wyoming from UNLV, where he was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011.
Ross will be entering his 36th season as a college or NFL coach in 2012. Of his 35 previous years in coaching, 33 were as a college coach and two, 1999 and 2000, were as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. He also has three years of head-coaching experience at the college level, serving as the head coach at Western Washington University, a Division II program, for three seasons from 2006-08.
"I'm happy to be able to add Robin's (Ross) experience and talents to our coaching staff," said Christensen. "Robin becomes the fourth member of our coaching staff who has been a college head coach at some point during their careers. He brings with him experience as a defensive coordinator at Iowa State and Fresno State, and has been a very successful recruiter in the western part of the country while coaching at Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State."
"I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Wyoming Football program," said Ross. "I have great respect for everything that has been done here at the University of Wyoming. Last year, I was able to experience the great atmosphere here in Laramie first hand when I was part of the UNLV Football staff. I think we have great potential here, and look forward to competing for a Mountain West Championship."
Prior to coaching at UNLV in 2011, Ross coached the tight ends at Oregon State for 2009 and `10. From 2006-08, he was the head coach at Western Washington before that institution eliminated its football program after the 2008 season.
A veteran of the Pac-10 Conference, he played his college football at Washington State and later coached at his alma mater, at Oregon and at Oregon State.
Ross' first college coaching position was as an assistant coach at Long Beach State for seven seasons from 1977-83. He moved to the University of Cincinnati in 1984 where he coached the defensive line in `84 and became the defensive coordinator in 1985. Ross returned to his alma mater, Washington State, for the 1986 season, coaching the defensive line.
In 1987, he began a seven-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Iowa State. A year at Fresno State in 1996 was followed by his first of two stints at Oregon. He coached at Oregon from 1997-98 and again from 2001-04, with a two-year period with the Oakland Raiders sandwiched in between in 1999-2000. While coaching the linebackers for the Raiders, he helped guide them to the AFC Championship Game following the 2000 season, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens.
He left the Raiders and returned to Oregon in 2001 to coach the tight ends and special teams for four seasons from 2001-04. In 2005, Ross became the linebackers coach at Oregon State in 2005. After his three-year, head-coaching tenure at Western Washington from 2006-08, he returned to Oregon State for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, coaching the tight ends.
Ross received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Washington State in 1977. He began his college playing career as an offensive lineman at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Calif., for the 1972 and `73 seasons, before transferring to Washington State for the 1974 and `75 campaigns. He earned Second Team All-Pacific 8 Conference honors in 1975. Ross was a 10th round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1976 NFL Draft. He ended up playing in four games during the 1976 preseason with the Seattle Seahawks.
He is a native of Huntington Park, Calif. Ross' wife is Jean.
Robin Ross' Year-by-Year Coaching History
Year School Position
2011: UNLV, Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator
2009-10: Oregon State, Tight Ends
2006-08: Western Washington, Head Coach
2005: Oregon State, Linebackers
2001-04: Oregon, Tight Ends/Special Teams
1999-2000: Oakland Raiders (NFL), Linebackers
1997-98: Oregon, Defensive Line/Linebackers
1996: Fresno State, Defensive Coordinator
1994-95: Western Washington, Defensive Coordinator
1987-93: Iowa State, Defensive Coordinator
1986: Washington State, Defensive Line
1984-85: Cincinnati, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
1977-83: Long Beach State, Defensive Line/Offensive Line