CAROL ROSS

Women's College Basketball Analyst

Carol Ross – the former SEC Coach of the Year and WNBA Coach of the Year — joined ESPN in 2014 as an analyst for women’s college basketball games on TV, including SEC Network.

Ross was the head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks from 2012-14, and she was named Coach of the Year in her inaugural season. The team finished in second place in the Western Conference. Prior to that, Ross worked as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream from 2009-11. In her first year in Atlanta, she helped lead the Dream to a 14-game turnaround in 2008 from its first season in the WNBA.

Ross has plenty of success as a women’s basketball college head coach. She was head coach at her alma mater, Ole Miss, from 2003-07, where she led the Lady Rebels to the Elite Eight in her final season there and also won the SEC Coach of the Year during her first season in Oxford, Miss. Before that, Ross was the women’s head coach at the University of Florida from 1990-2002, where she averaged more than 20 wins per year and became Florida’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 247-121. The Florida women’s basketball team had never received a bid to the NCAA Championship before Ross arrived. The Gators earned nine NCAA Tournament berths in her last 10 seasons. Her players at Florida also showed success in the classroom, as 21 made the SEC Academic Honor Roll 34 times.

Before becoming a head coach in the SEC, Ross worked as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Auburn University. She stayed at Auburn for seven seasons and worked her way up from graduate assistant to associate head coach and chief recruiter. Her coaching career began as a volunteer assistant coach for Belhaven College the year after she graduated.

Ross graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1982. She played on the women’s basketball team as a four-year starter at guard and is still one of only two Ole Miss players who have more than 1,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals in their career. Ross is in the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame as well as the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame.

A native of Oakland, Miss., Ross was inducted into the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Ross is also involved outside of basketball, and has served as a board member for both the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer organization, which honored her as the 2000 Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award winner.

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