OFFICIAL: Monté Ross Named Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach at Temple

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Monté Ross, who has 23 years of Division I college coaching experience with 10 coming as the head coach at the University of Delaware, will join Aaron McKie’s staff as the associate head coach at Temple University.

“I have known Monté most of my life and not only is he a great man, but he is also one of the best basketball minds in the business,” said McKie.  “He was Saint Joseph’s top assistant during their run to the Elite Eight, and then he took Delaware to the NCAAs for the first time in 15 years as a head coach.  I look forward to working with him and continuing the successful tradition that is Temple Basketball.”

A Philadelphia native, Ross served as the head coach at Delaware for 10 seasons (2006-16) and his 132 wins are second most in UD men’s basketball history.  He guided the Blue Hens to one of their best seasons in program history in 2013-14, posting a 25-10 record en route to a Colonial Athletic Association regular season (14-2) and tournament championship.  It also marked just the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the first since 1999.  Ross was named the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year as well as the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Clarence (Big House) Gaines Division I Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches UPS District 10 Coach of the Year.

“I want to thank Aaron for the opportunity to be a part of what I feel is an exciting time for Temple Basketball,” said Ross. “Like Aaron I grew up within walking distance of Temple’s campus so it feels like I am coming home in a sense.  Temple Basketball is one of the best programs in the country and I cannot wait to work towards what I feel is a bright future.”

Ross also guided Delaware to another postseason tournament in 2011-12, leading the Blue Hens to an 18-14 record.  It was the program’s first winning record in eight seasons and it culminated with a berth in the CBI. He also coached 13 all-Colonial Athletic Association all-conference players in his tenure, including two-time first team selection Devon Saddler.

At Saint Joseph’s, Ross spent 10 seasons on the sidelines (1996-2006) and was instrumental in the Hawks’ “perfect season” in 2003-04.  That Elite Eight team went 27-0 in the regular season and rose to #1 in the nation before ending with a 30-2 record.  That was one of seven postseason teams that he was a part of at SJU, including four NCAA appearances.

Ross’ career also includes a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Drexel (1994-96) where he played a part in the Dragons’ first-ever NCAA Tournament win, a 75-63 first-round upset of Memphis in 1996.  He also served one season (1993-94) as an assistant at Lehigh.

A 1992 graduate of Winston-Salem University, Ross learned the game from one of the best, playing for the legendary Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines.
Ross and his wife, Michelle, reside in Media, Pa. with their two children, Justin Monté (19) and Lauren Noel (18).

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