Tuesday morning, Chris Ross stepped down as the Red Oak football coach to accept a job for the same role at Lovejoy. Tuesday night, Ross was approved as the Lovejoy coach at a school board meeting.
Lovejoy ISD athletic director Jim Bob Puckett commented on the hiring of Ross by saying “We are thrilled tot have Coach Ross in Lovejoy. Coach Ross stood out in our pool of applicants for his unwavering dedication to service, academics and competitive excellence.”
Ross had two extremely successful seasons with Red Oak where he lead the team to the State Championship game (falling 34-14 to Aledo for the title) in 2019 with an 11-2 record and a State Championship game appearance in 2018 (falling 42-13 to Midlothian for the title) with a 9-2 record.
“We thank Coach Ross for his service to the Hawk Family over the past two years,” Red Oak athletic director Chris Anderson said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing the success of the program with our outstanding student-athletes and staff…” Red Oak ISD is set to offer current assistant coach Michael Quintero the head coaching role according to the press release.
Ross will be replacing Todd Ford at Lovejoy. Ford stepped down in January to pursue other opportunities. Ford spent four seasons at Lovejoy compiling a record of 24-20.