2006 Regular Session
By: Representative Akins, Reynolds, Barnett, Gadd, McBride
A RESOLUTION COMMENDING CAROL ROSS UPON HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WINNING THE 2005 GOLD MEDAL IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL.
WHEREAS, from her days as a student athlete throughout her coaching career, Carol Ross has established herself as an intense competitor, outstanding leader and proven winner in the arena of women's basketball; and
WHEREAS, a native of Oakland, Mississippi, Ross was a four-year, All-State player at Kirk Academy where she led the Raiderettes to three overall state basketball championships, was Kirk Academy's first female athlete to have her jersey retired and was named a "High School All-American"; and
WHEREAS, Ross earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1982 from the University of Mississippi where she was a four-year starter for the Lady Rebels from 1977-1981, set a Southeastern Conference record for steals in a career with 333 and was named a member of the inaugural SEC All-Tournament Team; and
WHEREAS, Ross was known as a pesky, tenacious defensive leader at Ole Miss where she is still the school's all-time leader in steals in a game, season and career, and she is one of only two Lady Rebels to score 1,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals in a career; and
WHEREAS, Ross became the fourth women's basketball player in Ole Miss history to be inducted into the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame when she was honored on September 1, 2001; and
WHEREAS, Ross first served as Head Coach at the University of Florida from 1990-2002 where she posted a winning record of 247-121 in 12 successful seasons, led Florida to its first Top 10 national ranking and trip to the NCAA Elite Eight and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances; and
WHEREAS, for her accomplishments at Florida, Coach Ross was named SEC Coach of the Year on two occasions (1994 and 2001), was Head Coach of the United States Select Team (1998) and was a two-time finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year (2001 and 2002) before retiring from the University of Florida in 2002 as the all-time winningest coach in Florida history; and
WHEREAS, on March 18, 2003, Coach Ross answered the call of her Alma Mater and returned to the University of Mississippi as its head coach, where she has quickly resurrected the women's basketball program, shattered school attendance records, led the Lady Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament and was honored as SEC Coach of the Year (2004); and
WHEREAS, only the fourth person in women's basketball history to have played for and coached nationally ranked teams at the same school, Coach Ross currently ranks twentieth among active coaches for all-time Associated Press ranking appearances; and
WHEREAS, Coach Ross was again selected to represent her country in 2005 as an assistant coach of the USA Women's Basketball U19 Team which she guided to a perfect 8-0 record and a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in Tunis, Tunisia; and
WHEREAS, the 2005 USA Women's Basketball U19 Team was selected as the 2005 USA Basketball Team of the Year; and
WHEREAS, Coach Ross is an active member of the Oxford Community, having volunteered for a variety of civic groups, school groups and community organizations, while also fundraising for numerous charity groups and serving as a board member for the American Cancer Society and the Coaches v. Cancer organization, which honored her as its 2000 Champion Award winner; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of the House of Representatives to recognize and commend excellence in the integrity, competitive spirit and accomplishments of such an outstanding athlete and coach such as Carol Ross who is a role model for many young athletes and who has brought great honor and pride to her community, university and the State of Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Coach Carol Ross on her accomplishments, on a successful career and for winning the 2005 Gold Medal in women's basketball and extend our warmest wishes for continued success in all her future endeavors.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Coach Carol Ross, the University of Mississippi and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.