Lana Ross begins her first year as Head Coach for the Greyhounds Softball program. Ross comes to Fort Scott with a wealth of experience. She was most recently the Head Coach at Iowa Western Community College located in Council Bluffs, IA.
During her tenure at IWCC, she had a 544-238 record, and the team won five regional titles, three district titles, and made three appearances at the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) national tournament. Ross holds the Wins record at IWCC with 544 wins. Ross has had 8 years with 40 or more wins including 2 years of 50 or more. She coached 62 First Team All-Region players, 43 Second Team All-Region players, 11 NJCAA All-Americans, 17 NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans, 25 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and 96 NFCA Academic All-Americans. For thirteen consecutive years, her team was recognized as the NFCA Academic Team of the Year.
Ross is a five-time Region XI Coach of the Year. In 2013, she was recognized as the NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year. She was selected as the coach for the 2015 NJCAA All Star Team. Ross has been a member of the NFCA since 1999. Ross was named among the 2004-2005 Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has also served as a keynote speaker for numerous leadership conventions.
Coach Ross was selected as a Coach for the NJCAA All Star team in 2015 where they competed in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in the prestigious Canada Cup.
Coach Ross is as competitive and intense as they come. Her philosophy of hard work and mental preparation has a great impact on her players. Her knowledge of the game and extensive experience is second to none.
Ross attended Oklahoma City University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While at OCU, she was a member of the Chiefs softball team that won back-to-back national championships. Coach Ross played softball throughout Canada, Europe and the United States.