March 31, 2006
NEWARK, DE - Saint Joseph's assistant coach Monte Ross has accepted the position as head basketball coach at the University of Delaware, it was announced today. He will be formally introduced in a press conference at the Bob Carpenter Auditorium on Tuesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Ross will be the 23rd coach in Delaware history and replaces David Henderson, who coached the Blue Hens for six seasons.
Ross just completed his 10th year on Phil Martelli's staff at Saint Joseph's, a tenure that is highlighted by six consecutive postseason appearances. During the 10 years, the Hawks compiled a 203-112 record, including a 141-54 record in the last six seasons. Included in this stretch are four NCAA appearances, with berths in the 2004 Elite Eight and the 1997 Sweet 16. In Ross' first season, SJU captured the 1997 Atlantic 10 Tournament title and the Hawks have reached the A-10 championship game the past two years. The 2005 squad advanced to the title game of the NIT.
"I am absolutely delighted for Monte and his family. This is a richly deserved opportunity at a terrific academic institution. There's no doubt in my mind that Monte´ will do extraordinary things for the University of Delaware and its basketball program," said Martelli. "He has served Saint Joseph's men's basketball, and especially myself, in a classy and dignified way. He will always be a part of Saint Joseph's."
A 1992 graduate of Winston-Salem University and native of Philadelphia, Ross came to SJU in 1996-97, during Martelli's second season as head coach. Ross' coaching career also included stops at Lehigh University and Drexel University.