Special to The Chronicle
Duane Ross is the new director of track and field programs at North Carolina A&T.
Ross, a former member of the U.S. Olympic team, will oversee and run the operations of A&T’s six track and field programs, including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and the future of this program,” said Ross. “North Carolina A&T State University has a heritage and history that is unmatched. I intend to keep us on that path by building a championship program of which the administration, faculty and staff, student-athletes and alumni can all be proud of.”
Ross’ background in track and field and the Aggies’ recent success in the sport seem to be a perfect match. The Aggies are coming off of a season in which the men’s outdoor track and field team finished second at the MEAC Championships held at A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. The women finished third in outdoor and return most of their top competitors. The program has also produced six (indoor or outdoor) All-Americans in the seven years, and this past season 17 athletes qualified for the NCAA Division I East Regional Preliminary Round.
Ross, who graduated from Clemson, has spent the past five years serving as the director of track and field programs at Division III Methodist University in Fayetteville. During his time there, seven Monarchs have won individual NCAA Championships. Thirty-eight Monarchs have earned All-American honors. On 57 occasions, a Monarch has achieved an NCAA qualifying mark, and Methodist has won 71 individual Mason Dixon conference championships on Ross’ watch. The last four Mason Dixon Athletes of the Year have been Monarchs, and the last two Cross Country Mason Dixon Athletes of the Year were also from Methodist.
In 2011 and ’12, Ross earned consecutive USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors. He also earned Mason Dixon Indoor Coach of the Year honors in 2011, which were followed up by him winning the outdoor equivalent the same year. As an athlete, Ross earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. He was a silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Trials in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. He finished ninth in the 110 hurdles at the Games in Athens, Greece in ’04. Ross is a four-time member of the U.S. World Championship team, where he earned two U.S. Championships and a two time silver medalist in 110 hurdles.