GREENSBORO, – North Carolina A&T Director of Athletics Earl Hilton has announced the appointment of Duane Ross as the new director of track and field programs. 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.Ross
“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. I would like to thank Chancellor (Harold L. Martin) and Mr. Hilton for this opportunity. I would also like to thank the former A&T track and field coaches who have come before me for all of their hard work in laying the foundation for such a great program.”
Ross has spent the past five years serving as the director of track and field programs at Division III Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. 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 was 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
In 1995 as a member of the Clemson track and field team, Ross won the NCAA Championship in the 110 hurdles. Ross received his B.S., degree in financial management from Clemson in 1996, and he earned his M.S., degree in physical education and sports management in 2012 from Aspen University (Colo.).