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Ross Taking Head Coaching Position at Northern Illinois

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: January 24, 2012
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State associate head soccer coach John Ross announced today that he will leave to take the head coaching position at Northern Illinois University. Ross has spent the past five seasons as the associate head coach for the Bison after four years as the top assistant.

"I'm so excited for this new opportunity," said Ross. "I'm also very thankful for the opportunity that NDSU has given me. This new opportunity brings me closer to my family. I'm excited about future of the program. I've spent nine great years here and I'd like to thank the staff, players and community for all their support over the years."

"Within athletics, there are many quality people but without question John Ross defines ‘quality'," said Director of Women's Athletics Lynn Dorn. "The level of professionalism John demonstrated and the commitment he provided toward the welfare of our student-athletes was second to none. The Bison community wishes John the very best in his new opportunity at Northern Illinois."

Ross has played an integral role in the success of the Bison program since 2003, working primarily with the goalkeepers. NDSU has compiled a 93-62-8 (.595) record during the course of his career.  NDSU has qualified for three straight Summit League tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in 2010 after winning its first league tournament.

The 2011 team set school record for wins with 15 and shutouts with 11. Under Ross' tutelage, graduating goalie Kalani Bertsch set NDSU career records in saves, wins, ties and minutes played. She also tied the career record for shutouts with 19. Bertsch, a 2011 second team all-Summit League pick, also set season records for wins and shutouts as a senior. In 2005, Ross coached Karli Kopietz to Division I Independent Defensive Player of the Year honors.


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