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Head coach Brian Ross enters his third season at Central High School. He was named head coach of the men's basketball program on April 28, 2018.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's 2020 All-Arkansas Preps Coach of the Year has brought Central back to prominence in just two years at the helm.
Ross is coming off of winning the 2020 6A state championship, Central's first state title since 1999 and 19th total in program history. The Tigers' Cinderella run included victories over 6A West conference champion Springdale Har-Ber and defending state champion Fort Smith Northside. Other notable achievements over two seasons with the Tigers include:
Returning to the 6A state tournament in back-to-back seasons
Tied for second-most wins in a single season since 2008
Achieved No. 1 ranking in state in preseason and mid-season polls
Most conference wins since 2018
Strength of schedule ranked top 2 in the state back-to-back years (MaxPreps)
All graduated players are attending college and/or playing college sports
Raised team GPA to a 3.0 in 2018-19 from 2.1 the previous school year
Established new freshman program with full competitive schedule
Before coming to Central, Ross was the head coach at Baptist Prep for four seasons. After taking the helm in 2014, Ross led the Eagles to three consecutive state championships, two regional championships and four conference championships. He has received numerous honors, being voted by his peers as a four-time Conference Coach of the Year, 3-time ArBCA 4A Coach of the Year, 2018 ArBCA Overall Coach of the Year and 2018 USA Today Arkansas Coach of the Year.
Under Ross’ leadership, the Eagles compiled impressive numbers:
112-26 overall record (36-23 at Central)
58-2 conference record
30-3 postseason record (3-1 at Central)
32 consecutive home victories (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2018)
44 consecutive wins vs. Arkansas teams (Jan. 2015-Nov. 2017)
Ross was instrumental to multiple programs’ success as an assistant coach including Bentonville High School (2013-14), Rogers High School (2007-13) and Arkansas Baptist High School (2006-07). Highlights include appearing in the 7A State Championship Game (2009), three 7A Final Fours (2009, 2011, 2014) and winning the 7A West Conference Championship in 2014. He's coached high-level players including Malik Monk (Kentucky/Hornets), Connor Vanover (Cal/Arkansas) and Issac McBride (Kansas/Vanderbilt).
Ross’ mission in coaching is to be a positive role model for the young men in his program and help them achieve success in life through the lessons learned in athletics.
Ross, 37, graduated from Arkansas Baptist High School (now Baptist Prep) in 2002. He played college basketball at Ouachita Baptist University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2006. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 2008.
Ross has been married to Sydney since 2010. They have three sons, Baker (4) and Luke (3) and Will (1).