Ryan Ross is the new head football coach at Ocean Springs High School

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Teachers, students, school board members and supporters of Ocean Springs High School packed the board room where Superintendent Dr. Robert Hirsch said more than 20 candidates applied for the head coaching job. He said athletics are a vital part of the Ocean Springs community.

Dr. Robert Hirsch said, "Our approach to athletics is that athletics are an integrated part of a holistic education program. I do not consider athletics over here."@

Greyhounds athletic director Mark Hubbard said the person chosen to lead the football program is a family man, with a devoted wife and loving children.

"We wanted a guy who fit in perfectly with Ocean Springs," Hubbard stated. "At this time I'm going to introduce that guy. Very excited to announce the new head football coach at Ocean Springs is Ryan Ross."

Ross believes in building a winning attitude and  he said, "I expect us to win now. Period. But in order for everything to start gelling in these young men buying in to what they're playing, what position and the coaches that are coaching them and how they're respected on and off the field, may take a little while.

He admitted that young men want to be a part of a wide-open offensive attack and he promised to bring that to Ocean Springs.

"We're going to try to run the spread offense. It's going to be a very complex system and may take them a little while to learn it," Ross stated.

Ross was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach at Brookhaven High School on February 27.  He felt like the Ocean Springs job was better suited for his family and that's why he's leaving his hometown for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Prior to becoming offensive coordinator at Brookhaven he coached Loyd Star to a 17-14 record in three seasons.  He also served as offensive coordinator at Southwest Community College for four seasons.@

Ross will begin preparations for spring football drills and hopes to move his family to the coast in June.

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