The Lone Peak boys basketball team has been one of the most successful teams in the state over the past decade.
While the Knights have been guided by excellent head coaches like Quincy Lewis and David Evans, both were always quick to laud the efforts of the unsung heroes on their coaching staffs.
Now one of those assistants will have his turn to take the helm himself as Lone Peak announced Monday the hiring of long-time assistant Robert Ross as the new head boys basketball coach.
The press release was posted on the Lone Peak Twitter account, @LPHSKnights, saying:
“Lone Peak High School is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. Robert Ross as the new head coach for the Lone Peak Basketball team. Coach Ross graduated from Timpview High School and went on to play at the college level for Dixie Junior College (St. George) and Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), Coach Ross and his wife Mindy are involved members of the Lone Peak community where he has been an assistant basketball coach since 2006. He is enthusiastic and looks forward to working closely with the boys while continuing the success of the Lone Peak Basketball Program.”
Ross is taking over for David Evans, who resigned earlier in the year to take the head boys basketball coach position at Wasatch Academy.
The Knights are coming off an excellent 2016-17 season in which they not only won the 6A title, but also had a chance to defeat the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Montverde, at the Geico Nationals tournament in New York City in late March, coming up just short.
While Ross has been an assistant coach, he has helped Lone Peak to win seven state championships (5A titles in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 as well as the 6A title last year).
He has also worked with an impressive group of athletes who have gone on to play at the college and professional levels, including Frank Jackson, Tyler Haws, TJ Haws, Nick Emery, Eric Mika, Josh Sharp, Nate Austin, Bracken Funk and Connor Toolson.
Evans credited the work that the program did with the young players as being one of the main reasons the Knight program has been successful. Having Ross as the head coach maintains that continuity.
The 2018-19 boys basketball season is scheduled to have the first games allowed starting on Nov. 20.