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Ross (’18) Returns to Loras as Men’s Volleyball Head Coach – Loras College Daily

Ross (’18) Returns to Loras as Men’s Volleyball Head Coach

Loras College Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen (’90) announced the hiring of Dylan Ross (’18) as the head men’s volleyball coach for the Duhawks. Ross returns to his alma mater from Bradley University where he served as the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. 

“I am excited to have Dylan back as a Duhawk,” said Udelhofen. “He was a terrific player and someone who made sure to put the team first. I look forward to seeing him make this team his own and take the men’s volleyball program to new heights.”

Prior to Bradley, Ross spent the 2018 season as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas State University, helping the Red Wolves to a 19-14 record. He then went on to the University of Houston and helped the team to 10-6 after a 4-14 season in 2018. The team finished one game shy of a tie for the conference title and the Cougars’ coaching staff earned conference honors for the season.

He holds an impressive resume as a student-athlete at Loras, playing on the inaugural team in 2015 and ending his career with single season and career kills records. He was a 2018 Second Team All-Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) performer after helping the Duhawks to the MCVL championship match. He tallied 236 kills in 2018, ranking second all-time, and his 767 career kills is the program record. Ross still stands as the program’s leading point scorer with 921 points and ranks second with 54 career service aces.

Ross, a native of Oak Forest, Ill., graduated from Loras in 2018 with a degree in sport management and a minor in marketing. He holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Arkansas State University which he completed in 2019. He is the second head coach in program history,

“I want to thank President Jim Collins (’84), Art Sunleaf and Denise Udelhofen for the opportunity to come back and coach the program I helped start in 2015,” said Ross. “I am excited to jumpstart my head coaching career with a program and college I love and look forward to getting to work with the men for this season.”

The Duhawks start the 2021 season on Friday, Feb. 5 at Edgewood College. First serve is set for 8:00 P.M.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).