Robin Ross was named Linebackers Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats January 16, 2019.
Ross previously spent three seasons with the BC Lions as Defensive Line Coach from 2015 to 2017, and has 40 years of coaching experience in the NCAA, NFL and CFL ranks.
In 2016, Ross crafted a pool of talented linemen which helped the Lions defense record 52 sacks and a tie for the league lead. Third-year rush-end Alex Bazzie racked-up a team and career-high 11 sacks propelling him to his first West Division All-Star selection. Ross’ big men up front also led the club to the second-fewest rushing yards against in 2016.
Prior to joining the Lions, Ross was the Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at the University of Wyoming where he served for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Prior to joining the Cowboys’ program, Robin was the Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at UNLV in 2011.
Enjoying a notable coaching career that began at Long Beach State in 1977, the California native has also made stops at Cincinnati (1984-85), Washington State (1986), Iowa State (1987-93), Western Washington (1994-95 and 2006-08), Fresno State (1996), Oregon (1997-98 and 2001-04) and Oregon State (2005). Four of those appointments were as a Defensive Coordinator (Cincinnati, Iowa State, Western Washington and Fresno State).
Robin spent two seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (’99-’00) where he coached linebackers and helped the club to an appearance in the 2000 AFC Championship game.
He returned to the college ranks in 2001 and eventually made his way back to Western Washington University in 2006 where he was named Head Coach of the Vikings after serving as Defensive Coordinator nine years earlier. While the school discontinued the football program after the 2008 season, Ross had rebuilt the team into an NAIA powerhouse with its first postseason bowl appearance in almost 10 years.
Ross played his college football at Washington State and earned Second Team All-Pac 8 Conference honors in 1975. He was a 10th round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1976 NFL Draft and eventually played in four games during the 1976 preseason with the Seattle Seahawks.
ROSS’ COACHING HISTORY
|2019||Linebackers Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2015-17||Defensive Line Coach||BC Lions|
|2012-13||Special Teams Coordinator & Linebackers Coach||University of Wyoming|
|2011||Linebackers Coach & Recruiting Coordinator||UNLV|
|2009-10||Tight Ends Coach||Oregon State|
|2006-08||Head Coach||Western Washington|
|2005||Linebackers Coach||Oregon State|
|2001-04||Tiger Ends & Special Teams Coach||Oregon|
|1999-00||Linebackers Coach||Oakland Raiders|
|1997-98||Defensive Line & Linebackers Coach||Oregon|
|1996||Defensive Coordinator||Fresno State|
|1994-95||Defensive Coordinator||Western Washington|
|1987-93||Defensive Coordinator||Iowa State|
|1986||Defensive Line Coach||Washington State|
|1984-85||Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Line Coach||Cincinnati|
|1977-83||Defensive & Offensive Line Coach||Long Beach State|