Robin Ross



Linebackers Coach

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.



2019-Present 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