Ross Inducted To Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame
Sparks Head Coach Carol Ross was inducted into the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame this past weekend. Ross, who both played and coached at the University of Mississippi, was one of six 2013 inductees honored on Friday, October 25 as part of Ole Miss' Homecoming festivities.
A native of Oakland, Miss., Ross was a four year starter for the Lady Rebels from 1978-1981 and became the fourth women's basketball player ever to be inducted into the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. She returned to her alma mater in 2003 and led the Rebels to a 77-50 (.606) record in four seasons, three NCAA Tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 2007, and one WNIT appearance. Ross was named SEC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003-2004 after returning the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995-96.
Before her time at the helm of Ole Miss, Ross spent 12 seasons at the University of Florida, where she remains the winningest coach in school history, accumulating a record of 247-121 (671).
Ross began her WNBA coaching career as an assistant in Atlanta for three seasons, before joining the Sparks staff on January 25, 2012 and earning WNBA Coach of the Year in her first season in Los Angeles.
The Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame "honors those select alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their country, state or The University of Mississippi through good deeds, services or contributions that have perpetuated the good name of Ole Miss." In addition to her exemplary coaching career, Ross has served as a board member for both the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer organization, which honored her as its Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award Winner in 2000.