STAUNTON, VA – Mary Baldwin University Director of Athletics, Lynda Alanko, announced today the hiring of Ross James as the new head women’s basketball coach. James comes to Mary Baldwin following three seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette College.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Ross James as our next head women’s basketball coach. As we move our program forward, Ross brings deep recruiting experience and a clear understanding of the importance of teaching the game to new recruits,” Alanko stated. She adds, “Setting clear expectations and empowering each student-athlete is key to the success of the program. As a former NCAA Division III student-athlete himself, Coach James understands this balance and is prepared to help his players find success on and off the court as he builds a competitive basketball program here at MBU.”
On accepting the position, James offered his appreciation for the vision and programmatic goals presented by university leadership, stating, “I am honored to join the Mary Baldwin family, and look forward to the season ahead with clear direction as I meet with the whole MBU women’s basketball team this week and we embark on the 2017-18 season together.” James adds, “I am grateful for the opportunity, and for all of the mentorship I have received that has prepared me for this new role. We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident in our direction and I look forward to leading our team to success.”
James holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Millsaps College (2009) and a M.S. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University (2014). While pursuing his master’s degree, Ross served as a graduate assistant coach for the Texas Woman’s University women’s basketball program.
The MBU women’s basketball team begins practice on October 15 and opens up their varsity season on the road in the Damon’s/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament at Wilmington College in Ohio on November 17.