Delaware names Ross head coach
Newark, DE (Sports Network) – The University of Delaware named Monte Ross
men’s head basketball coach on Friday.
Ross replaces David Henderson, who was not retained as head coach after six
seasons at the helm. The Blue Hens went just 9-21 last season and had an 85-93
mark under Henderson.
Ross, 33, spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant at St. Joseph’s.
“We are excited to have Monte join the University of Delaware men’s basketball
program,” said Director of Athletics Edgar Johnson. “During the interview
process, we learned that Monte’s contacts and success in recruiting young men
from the Mid-Atlantic Region are truly superior. He knows the region and its
players and coaches, our University, and the Colonial Athletic Association.
Most important of all, Monte is a talented, personable, hard-working young man
who has great rapport with his players. We are confident that he will bring
the University of Delaware men’s basketball program to prominence in the CAA.”
A 1992 graduate of Winston-Salem State where he played for legendary head
coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Ross has been surrounded by championship
basketball throughout his coaching career. After beginning his career at
Lehigh in 1993-94, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Delaware’s top
rival Drexel, leading the Dragons to consecutive North Atlantic Conference
titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 1995 and 1996 under head coach Bill
He joined the Saint Joseph’s staff in 1996-97 during Phil Martelli’s second
season as head coach. The Hawks have risen to national prominence under
Martelli, participating in post-season action eight times, including each of
the last six seasons. During his tenure, the Hawks have won five Atlantic 10
regular season titles, one conference tournament title, posted five seasons
with 20 or more wins, and in the past six years have compiled a 141-54 record,
averaging 23 wins per season.