GREENSBORO — Duane Ross has signed a contract extension that will keep him as A&T’s director of track and field programs through the 2022-23 school year.
“I am humbled and appreciative of the confidence and trust Chancellor Harold L. Martin, the board of trustees and Athletics Director Earl M. Hilton III have put in me to continue building the legacy the student-athletes, my coaching staff and I have started at North Carolina A&T State University,” Ross said in a news release. “My vision for this program is to win as many NCAA championships as possible. To have an administration who shares that vision is incredible."
Ross, who will start his eighth year at A&T, is responsible for coaching men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. His men’s track and field program has won the last five track and field championships the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) sponsors, grabbing all three conference men’s championships during the 2018-19 school year with title runs in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Also on the men’s side, the Aggies have captured the last three MEAC indoor titles and the last three outdoor championships.
The A&T women have won three straight indoor titles, and they have claimed two out of the last three outdoor titles.
After the 2019 indoor season, Ross earned Southeast Region coach of the year from the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association for women’s indoor track and field.
After the 2019 outdoor season, in which both the men's and women's teams earned top 15 finishes at the NCAA championships, the association named Ross the coach of the year in women’s and men’s outdoor track and field for the Southeast Region.
The 2019 season also included Kayla White becoming the first Aggie in school history to win an individual NCAA championship when she sprinted to the 200-meter indoor title. White was also named the women’s indoor NCAA track athlete of the year.
Recently, Ross helped three Aggies make the U.S. national track and field team: Chris Belcher (class of 2017), Rodney Rowe (class of 2019) and rising senior Trevor Stewart. Stewart finished second in the nation in the 400 at the 2019 NCAA outdoor championships in Austin, Texas, and freshman Cambrea Sturgis finished third in the nation in the 200m by running a school-record 22.40.