In early December, news broke that the Prosper Eagles’ head coach Kent Scott resigned after just six wins in his final two seasons leaving the Eagles looking for their new head man.
Over the last few weeks, the Prosper football program has brought in a number of candidates for interviews and, after a weekend of interviews with their two final candidates, they have found their man in Leander ISD athletic director Chris Ross.
“This process was affirming of the high quality and caliber of many of the coaches we have in Texas,” said Mike Goddard, assistant superintendent of Prosper ISD who was involved in the interview and hiring process.
“This deep applicant pool and interview process allowed us to visit with some absolutely amazing men who love their sport, compete to win, and more importantly love impacting kids’ lives. In the end, we are thrilled that Chris Ross rose to the top and will be a Prosper Eagle.” Goddard also says Ross will be assisting in the direction of the athletic department which should be music to the ears of the parents, and players, at Prosper ISD.
Ross has seemingly had success everywhere he’s been including three district titles in his four years as the head coach at Wake Forest High School. He left Wake Forest HS in 2005 to become the new head coach at Cedar Park High School, coaching seven years there with a combined record of 57-25, and was named the Central Texas Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times.
During his first year as the athletic director at Leander ISD, Ross reached an agreement with Extreme Tix to allow fans to purchase their tickets online instead of having to drive to the school’s box office to purchase them. It was the first of its kind in Central Texas and, as it turns out, the decision was a brilliant one.
According to an article from Sean Shapiro in the Austin American Statesman, “Sixty-one percent of football ticket sales were conducted online during the 2012 season and the $504,385 spent on football tickets was 80 percent of the total athletic revenue from [former AD Mike] Bridge’s final school year.”
Ross brings head 11 years of head coaching experience, a winning mentality, innovation, along with running the athletic department of an entire school district. “He exemplifies character, integrity, passion and competition at its finest,” Goddard said of Ross.
The new head coach will meet with the players, as well as the current coaching staff, on Wednesday morning and will meet with the parents later that night in the arena on the campus of Prosper High School.
The Prosper football program will not only be in good hands as it heads towards what should be a very bright future and could be just a few years away from a bump up in districts from 5A to 6A. The Eagles needed the right guy to build a contender year in and year out and it sounds like they may have that guy.