Ross ready to lead at Eastwood
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Saturday, 29 June 2013 08:14
LUCKEY — Lindsay Ross enjoys being a role model.
|Lindsay Ross will start her full-time teaching and coaching careers at Eastwood High School this fall. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
She’s found the perfect career for her to mentor youngsters.
The 23-year-old will start her full-time teaching and head coaching careers this fall at Eastwood High School.
She’ll teach health and physical education and be the girls varsity basketball coach.
“I like giving back and seeing students succeed, whether it’s in academics or athletics,” said Ross, a 2007 graduate of Perrysburg High School. “It’s great knowing you can make a difference in a student’s life. It’s so rewarding.”
Since graduating from Bowling Green State University, Ross has been a substitute teacher in the Lake, Perrysburg, Rossford and Maumee school districts.
Ross was Maumee’s varsity assistant/junior varsity head coach last season, and served as Perrysburg’s freshmen coach before that.
“Just being a positive role model and it’s not only the basketball part of it, but with teaching and coaching, you can teach them life skills and that’s important,” Rossford said. “Being so young, I can relate to them because I was just in their position not too long ago. It’s great just trying to be a positive role model in their life.”
Ross originally applied only for the teaching position at Eastwood, but eventually accepted the coaching position, too. She first started considering a coaching career when she had a season-ending knee injury at Perrysburg. She had another season-ending knee injury as a senior.
“I’ve always wanted to teach and coach, and this opportunity was too good to pass up,” said Ross, whose mom, Cindy, teaches classroom technology classes at BGSU.
“I grew up around schools. I went to school with my mom when I was a kid,” Ross said, even admitting she set up her own classroom at home as a youngster. “She is a great teacher and I’ve learned so much from her. I’ve always been attracted to teaching and always knew I wanted to be a teacher.”
In basketball, Ross will attempt to turn around an Eagle program that has fallen on hard times since Jim Gracyk did not return after 2006-07 season.
Eastwood is just 33-96 overall and 24-56 in league play in six seasons without Gracyk, and its last three head coaches have only lasted two seasons each. Gracyk won 300 games and 10 league titles at Eastwood, and his 2001 team advanced to the state semifinals.
“We’re working on the basics,” Ross said. “We have to really implement fundamentals. The girls want to win and they want to succeed, so they’re working hard and showing up to open gym. They’re keeping a positive attitude.
“It will be a challenge because it’s not going to change over night, but the mentality and the attitude have been awesome. The girls are working hard this summer. This is a great group of girls
Ross said the team’s offense will be tailored to the team’s speed and its big post players. Defensively, the Eagles will use a player defense and pressure all over the court. The style is similar to the one she learned under Mark Schrock and Todd Sims at Perrysburg.
“The girls want to win and they want to succeed,” Ross said. “They’re willing to do whatever it takes. It will take a lot of hard work, but they’re willing to do that and they’re excited about the season. That’s half the battle.”
Ross also is planning on starting an elementary program in the district to build interest and teach fundamentals.
“That’ll help us build our numbers back up,” Ross said. The program has suffered from declining numbers of late. “The numbers are part of what make you competitive.”
Ross believes the Eagle program can be successful, just like many of their girls sports at Eastwood have been.
“I want our program to be like the other sports here,” Ross said. “Our program hasn’t been successful as it used to be. Our goal is to get it back to being competitive and successful.
“We’ll measure our success by where we’re at and where we’re headed, not necessarily our record. We’ll set goals throughout the season, that can be measurable and that the girls can meet.”