West Potomac High School announced Friday they have hired a new head football coach, Jeremiah Ross, who comes to the Wolverines from Caroline County High School in Milford, Va.
He replaces Jeremiah Davis, who was hired as head football coach by Herndon High School. Davis was previously an assistant coach for the Annandale Atoms.
Ross brings a commitment to high academic standards for all players, is recognized as a strong communicator and has experience building community as part of a total football program, according to a news release from the school. Ross’ "deep knowledge of offensive strategy will pair nicely with the wealth of coaching strength WPHS currently has on defense," school officials noted.
Ross comes to West Potomac from Caroline County High School in Milford, Va., where he was head football coach and a Health and Physical Education teacher for the past two years. From 2010-2012, Ross was on the coaching staff of Western Carolina University (WCU) as an offensive line coach and then co-offensive coordinator. Prior to that, Ross coached in his native California.
In his seven years at Crespi Carmelite High School (CCHS) in Encino, Ross compiled an overall record of 40-20, made two California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship game appearances and earned one state title in his five years as head coach. Ross also sent 20 players to NCAA Division I programs, including seven linemen and three quarterbacks. He garnered CIF Coach of the Year nominations in 2005 and was named the Daily News Coach of the Year in 2007.
Ross is a graduate of Rancho Alamitos High School in Orange County—a school with similar diversity to WPHS. In high school, Ross earned Super Prep All-Far West and Blue Chip All-Western Region recognitions and was named first team All-Orange County by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register. Ross then went on to be a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at right tackle on the offensive line at Fresno State University.
Ross earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education in 1999 and began his coaching career at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif. as the run game coordinator and an offensive line coach in 2000. He returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, in 2001 to work as the offensive graduate assistant coach while completing his master’s degree in education administration.
Ross and his wife, Leilani, have four daughters Keona, Kalea, Miah, and Nalani and look forward to relocating nearer to their family in the Northern Virginia area.
Ross plans to meet Thursday with the players. The school will have a community meet and greet on Monday, March 10.