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Head coach Brian Ross enters his second season at Central High School. He was named head coach of the men's basketball program on April 28, 2018.
"Little Rock Central is one of the best programs in the state," Ross said. "It's a great challenge, but I want to give it a shot to compete at the highest level."
The Tigers took a big step in the positive direction under Ross in his first season at Central, posting a 17-11 overall record. Other notable achievements include:
Returning to the 6A state tournament
Second-most wins since 2008 and fourth-most wins since 2001
No. 1 state ranking in December after 10-2 start (via MaxPreps)
Second-highest final ranking since 2008
Second-most conference wins since 2010
Strength of schedule ranked No. 2 in the state (via MaxPreps)
All five seniors are attending college and playing college sports
Raised team GPA to a 3.0 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
58-2 conference record
30-3 postseason record
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.
Returning to the state's highest classification has been one of Ross's ambitions.
"I've been an assistant coach at a 7A school, so it's not my first job at a big school," Ross said. "But it is a different situation. Central is a historic school. It has won more state basketball titles than any school. I want to go there and be a positive role model for the kids."
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, 36, 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 (3) and Luke (2) and Will (1).