Stan Ross enters his second season on the Butler sidelines after an impressive inaugural campaign that saw a win over No. 16 and Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) champion Fairfield and four Bulldogs earn postseason honors. Ross was named the third head coach in Butler lacrosse history June 16, 2004, arriving in Indianapolis after serving as Towson's top assistant and defensive coordinator for six seasons.
When the head coach position at Butler opened, athletic director John Parry and associate athletic director Jon Hind, the program's first lacrosse coach and chair of the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Committee, immediately turned their attention to Ross, whose resume includes four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 1998 national championship.
Ross lived up to expectations, inheriting a roster that included only four seniors, he led the Bulldogs to five wins, including a 3-1 home record. Four of Butler's losses came on the road against ranked opponents, while first-year players accounted for 65 percent of the team's goal-scoring. A relentless recruiter, Ross' first class includes 12 players who will arrive at Butler for the 2005-06 season.
While at Towson, Ross guided the Tigers to a 49-38 record, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2001, the Tigers finished the year with a record of 14-4 and advanced to the national semifinals after being crowned America East champions. In his final two seasons, Towson captured the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship and automatic NCAA Tournament berths. In 2003, the Tigers advanced to the national quarterfinals.
Ross joined the Towson staff as coach Tony Seaman's top assistant in 1999. In addition to his duties as defensive coordinator, he directed Towson's recruiting and scouting programs and served as the staff liaison to the Tigers' strength and conditioning coach.
After a sterling prep career at Baltimore Boys' Latin School where he earned All-Metro honors for two straight years, he enjoyed a successful college career at Loyola College. He lettered all four years for the Greyhounds as a long-stick midfielder and was a starter as a junior and senior. Ross began his coaching career at Loyola where he was an undergraduate assistant to Dave Cottle in 1996.
The following year Ross moved on to the University of Denver where the Pioneers were in their first year of Division I competition. He coached the defense and assisted with fund-raising and recruiting. He also served as Denver's first academic advisor for the athletic department.
A year later, Ross accepted a position with Princeton as the program's defensive coach. That season the Tigers won the National Championship, finishing the 1998 season with a record of 14-1. He continues to serve as an assistant director at Princeton's 205 Camp.
Ross graduated from Loyola (Md.) College in May, 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.
Stan Ross's Year-by-Year Records