Ross to return
MANAGING SPORTS EDITOR
The uncertainty surrounding Delaware men’s basketball coach Monte Ross has been resolved, as he signed a three-year contract extension with the school, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady made the announcement earlier today, though the terms of the deal are confidential.
“We are confident that Coach Ross has the passion and drive to build on the momentum of the past two years and to help our student-athletes become leaders in the game, in the campus community and in their lives going forward,” university President Patrick Harker said.
Ross, who was in the final year of his deal, has been the Blue Hens’ head coach for nine years and led the team to its most successful season in recent history. Under his guidance, Delaware reached the NCAA Tournament last year. He also led the team to a CAA-best 48-22 record over the past four years.
Though the Blue Hens have enjoyed on court success, Ross’s tenure has also been plagued by off-court issues. Just last season, Delaware starters Jarvis Threatt and Marvin King-Davis both received lengthy suspensions and Threatt was later kicked off the team.
Ross’s previous contract, signed in 2008, was set to expire this spring.
“I look forward to continuing my association with the University of Delaware,” Ross said. “It is a privilege to lead these talented young athletes, and I take very seriously my responsibility to ensure that their success on the court is matched by achievement in the classroom and personal accomplishment in the greater community. I know that great things lie ahead for them, for UD and for our dedicated fans.”
After a disappointing 2014-2015 season in which the team finished with a 10-20, the young Blue Hens squad will look to improve under Ross’s continued tutelage next fall.