Lipscomb volleyball head coach Brandon Rosenthal announced the hiring of Stephanie Ross as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in February 2018.
“This is a huge get on our part,” Rosenthal said. “Stephanie is a very sought after assistant coach and I have no doubt that she will eventually move into the head coaching world. She brings an energy and a level of success that is hard to find.
“Stephanie is recognized as one of the top recruiters, not just in this area, but around the country. She does a tremendous job building relationships with the players and their parents and really getting to know them. I have no doubt that she will bring that level of expertise to Lipscomb volleyball and we will be able to continue to build our brand nationally.”
Ross joins the Bisons after spending the previous four years on staff at the University of Virginia where she helped guide the Cavaliers to back-to-back winning seasons in 2014 and 2015, and was instrumental in developing eight All-ACC selections, four AVCA All-Region honorees and four All-ACC freshmen.
“I feel like I have been a huge fan of the Lipscomb program from afar,” Ross said. “I’ve been paying attention and following them the last few years, it’s an unbelievable program that’s on the rise. I am really looking forward to being a part of something that has so much tradition and history.”
While at UVA, Ross orchestrated three top-30 recruiting classes. She plans to build on the relationships she forged on the recruiting trail in order to reel in the top players in the country to Nashville.
“I’ve feel like I have been pretty fortunate to be able to travel the country and create some awesome contacts,” Ross said. “Even from the club coaches I’ve talked with and told them about this move, they are all excited to start sending kids to Nashville.
“I hope to expand our recruiting range and bring players in from all across the country to Lipscomb. That will be one of my main focuses I want to get started with right away.”
Rosenthal and Ross have known each other for more than seven years when she was a graduate assistant at Xavier in 2009 and 2010.
“Stephanie and I have been friends for many years,” Rosenthal said. “We met through a mutual friend when she was at Xavier and I have been a big fan ever since. We’ve even made a couple attempts at bringing her to Lipscomb, so I am extremely excited to finally have her as part of our program.”
Ross speaks to not only being excited to learn under Rosenthal, but also being a part of a program and a school that will help her grow as a person.
“Brandon already seems like family,” Ross said. “He has been a mentor of mine for seven years now, so to have the opportunity to work with him, it puts a smile on my face. I can’t begin to describe how happy I am.
“I know personally and professionally I am going to be able to grow and get better. My belief is that I am always going to be learning and getting better. Personally I felt this was the perfect opportunity and place for me to do that.”
Before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, Ross served as an assistant at both Dayton and High Point. While at Dayton, she helped the Flyers to a 16-13 record with two all-conference selections. As a member of High Point’s staff, she landed recruits that played for the USA Women’s Junior A2 National Team, as well as Prep Volleyball All-American and Senior Aces list honorees.
“We will all be involved in recruiting, but Stephanie will be the point person in identifying the players and making the connections with the different clubs and high schools around the country,” Rosenthal said. “We want to get the top-level recruits here on campus and I fully believe Stephanie is the one for the job.”
Ross was a four-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh before graduating in 2009 and then moving to Xavier for her graduate role. While with the Panthers, Ross was a member of the Big East All-Academic squad and graduated with a degree in Sociology.
Although she played multiple positions, Ross spent most of her time at outside hitter. Her career highs include 36 kills, 21 digs, seven blocks and six aces.
“I am thankful to Philip (Hutcheson) and Brandon for giving me an opportunity to be a part of the program,” Ross said. “People talk about the culture of programs all the time. I am not sure there is a better one out there that what Brandon has going on here.”