NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's soccer head coach Nicole Ross recently announced she was stepping down from her position to begin a new chapter in her personal life.
Nicole's husband, Brad Ross, was appointed the top assistant of the Ohio State Buckeyes men's lacrosse program after serving as the associate head coach at Bryant University for the past four years.
"While I am thrilled for their opportunity at Ohio State, Nicole is a tremendous loss for our staff and the women's soccer program," Interim Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis said. "Nicole worked tirelessly to put UMass Dartmouth on the map, assembling a team that is on the cusp of a Little East Conference Championship. Accountability, academic excellence, and teamwork have been the consistent trademarks of her program. True to form, she stepped outside her comfort zone and embraced the challenge of launching our marketing and branding efforts. She was creative in her approach and served all teams well in the production of team publicity materials, game promotions and the acquisition of corporate sponsorships."
UMass Dartmouth will begin a nationwide search to fill the position immediately. Ross' resignation is effective July 18.
In her four seasons at the helm of the women's soccer program, Ross compiled an overall record of 33-37-6 and a .493 winning percentage. She sported a 23-13-3 mark over her final two years to become the first UMass Dartmouth coach to produce consecutive 10-win seasons since 1993 and 1994. Ross guided the Corsairs to three Little East Conference tournament appearances, including the program's first semifinal berth in 2013. UMass Dartmouth booked its semifinal appearance with a 2-1 victory over Southern Maine.
A tremendous motivator, Ross mentored seven All-Little East Conference honorees. In 2013, seniors Sam Silvia (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) were selected to the All-Little East, first-team, while classmate Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) represented the Corsairs on the second-team.
The Springfield College (Mass.) graduate placed the highest priority on the fulfillment of the NCAA Division III philosophy, providing her student-athletes with a quality educational experience. During her tenure, 25 student-athletes earned a spot on the Little East Conference Fall All-Academic teams.