July 2, 2012
The Wyoming Football program added three new assistant coaches this offseason, and we want to give Cowboy fans an opportunity to meet the new Cowboy coaches as we approach the 2012 Cowboy Football season.
This week, we feature new Wyoming special teams' coordinator and linebackers' coach Robin Ross, who most recently coached at UNLV in 2011.
Entering his 36th year as a college and NFL coach and first at Wyoming, Ross has several ties to the University of Wyoming. He was recruited out of junior college by former Wyoming head coach Joe Tiller. Coach Tiller was an assistant coach at Washington State University when he successfully recruited Ross to play for the Cougars. Ross went on to earn Second Team All-Pacific 8 Conference honors in 1975. Ross later coached for former Wyoming Cowboy Jim Walden at Washington State and Iowa State. A long-time assistant coach in the Pacific-12 Conference and for two years with the Oakland Raiders, Ross was also a head coach for two seasons at Western Washington.
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Robin Ross - Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Robin Ross was announced as the Cowboys' new special teams coordinator and linebackers coach on Feb. 27, 2012. 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. Ross 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 Wyoming head coach Dave 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-12 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. As an assistant coach at Washington State and Iowa State, he served on the staff of former Wyoming Cowboy great Jim Walden, who was the head coach of the Cougars and Cyclones.
For the 1994 and `95 seasons, he was the defensive coordinator at Western Washington. 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 Oakland 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.
Ross 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. 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. The college coach who recruited him to Washington State was former Wyoming head coach Joe Tiller, who was the offensive line coach at Washington State under head coach Jim Sweeney during Ross' recruitment.
Ross earned Second Team All-Pacific 8 Conference honors in 1975. He was a 10th round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1976 NFL Draft. Ross 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. Ross will recruit Southern California and the city of Las Vegas for the Cowboys.