SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (TFP) -- After helping build one area program into an annual Georgia power, Ricky Ross is getting a chance to head up another perennial power in the area. Ross has been named the new head coach at South Pittsburg, after five years as Calhoun's defensive coordinator.
Ross, 38, takes over for Vic Grider, who stepped down in December after 16 seasons at his alma mater in which he averaged 11 wins per season, winning three Class 1A state championships and finishing runner-up twice. Grider, who is also the school's athletic director, headed a committee of five people who narrowed more than 140 applicants to a list of seven, then further trimmed it to three finalists before choosing Ross.
"We were all highly impressed by his first interview," Grider said. "Everything he said was exactly what we wanted to hear in terms of his plans for the future of the program. Once we finished all the interviews, it just became obvious that Ricky was our guy. If there's a coaching lottery, we feel like we hit the jackpot with him.