Gymnastics News Network
By: Eileen Patchey
Head Coach Elise Ray announced that Ralph Rosso has been hired as an assistant coach at Washington. Rosso brings with him coaching experience as an assistant at George Washington last season, as well as two seasons at Arizona State, as an assistant coach and interim head coach.
While at GW, Rosso helped the Colonials to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League championship and a berth in the NCAA Regionals, claiming the program’s first-ever NCAA Regional individual title on vault. The team also qualified two individuals to nationals, the most ever at GW.
At Arizona State, Rosso aided in the development of nine Academic All-Pac-12 gymnasts, three All-Pac-12 selections and five NCAA qualifiers, including an individual regional champion.
He spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant at Western Michigan, after having spent two seasons at Arkansas, serving as team manager while working on a master’s degree. In his two seasons with the Razorbacks, the team finished 10th and sixth in the nation.
“I’m so excited Ralph will be joining our staff,” Ray said. “He brings a multi-faceted perspective in that he was student-athlete at a top program, plus, he has years of experience as a collegiate coach at other top programs. His experience will have an immediate impact on us in the gym and recruiting,” Ray continued. “His reputation is impeccable and he embodies the values of our program. He will hit the ground running with his reputable work ethic and sense of humor. We are honored he and his wife Andrea will be joining our GymDawg family.”
A standout gymnast at the University of Michigan, Rosso lettered from 2006-09, helping the Wolverines to the Big Ten title as a senior. He competed at NCAA Championships all four years and finished ninth on still rings in 2007. He also made it to the Big Ten finals on pommel horse and rings in 2007, and to two more finals in 2009, on rings and floor.
Following his collegiate career, he helped coach the Michigan men’s gymnastics team as a volunteer assistant in 2010, when the Wolverines won the NCAA Championship. Rosso is also a two-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009.
“I want to thank Elise for this tremendous opportunity, and I am ready to get to work with Elise and Chad to help this program, and more importantly, the student-athletes who make the team so special, reach it’s limitless potential,” said Rosso. “It is evident from the moment that you step foot on campus and interact with anyone, that this University is truly a unique place that has all the tools and resources for our student-athletes to achieve greatness. I am proud to be part of the GymDawg family.”
Source: University of Washinton Athletics
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