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Lana Ross
Lana Ross
Title: Head Softball Coach
Phone: 913-288-7356
Email: Lross@kckcc.edu

Lana Ross (659-302) is set to begin her fourth year as Head Coach for the Blue Devil Softball program. In Ross’ third year the Blue Devils were District B Runners Up and ended the season with a 41-15 record. Four members of the Blue Devils were named to All District B teams. Bradi Basler was a Second Team All-Conference Selection and was named Freshman of the Year.  Basler was also an NJCAA All American. Fifteen members of the Blue Devils were named to the KJCCC All-Academic Team. The same 15 members were NFCA Scholar Athletes and 14 were NJCAA All Americans. The 2021 Blue Devils were an NJCAA Academic Team of the Year finishing 14th in the country.

 

The Blue Devils had a record of 7-7 during the shortened 2020 season. The 2020 Blue Devils were recognized as a NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Ten players received NJCAA Academic honors. Ross led the Blue Devils to a 38-20 record during the 2019 campaign.  The Blue Devils were 12-8 in conference and were runner up in Region VI/District D Championship. The 2018-19 Team was named an NJCAA Academic Team of the Year finishing 23rd in the nation out of 135 teams. Ross earned her 600th career victory on April 11th vs Conference opponent Coffeyville CC with an 11-0 win. 

 

Ross comes to Kansas City Kansas Community College with a wealth of experience. She was most recently the Head Coach at Fort Scott CC. Ross led the Greyhounds to one of the best seasons in the 30-year history of softball at Fort Scott CC. The team finished with a 28-22 overall record and her team finished as an NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Under Ross’ leadership, the Greyhounds broke numerous team and individual records.

 

Prior to Fort Scott CC, Ross spent 13 seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA. During her tenure at IWCC, she had a 545-238 record, and the team won five regional titles, three district titles, and made three appearances at the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) national tournament. Ross holds the Wins record at IWCC with 545 wins. Ross has had 8 years with 40 or more wins including 2 years of 50 or more.

 

Ross has coached 62 First Team All-Region players, 44 Second Team All-Region players, 12 NJCAA All-Americans, 17 NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans, 66 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and 129 NFCA Academic All-Americans. For nineteen consecutive years, her team has been recognized as the NFCA Academic Team of the Year. Ross is a five-time Region XI Coach of the Year. In 2013, she was recognized as the NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year. She was selected as the coach for the 2015 NJCAA All Star Team. Ross has been a member of the NFCA since 1999. Ross was named among the 2004-2005 Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has also served as a keynote speaker for numerous leadership conventions. Coach Ross was selected as a Coach for the NJCAA All Star team in 2015 where they competed in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in the prestigious Canadian Open.

 

Coach Ross is as competitive and intense as they come. Her philosophy of hard work and mental preparation has a great impact on her players. Her knowledge of the game and extensive experience is second to none. Ross attended Oklahoma City University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education. While at OCU, she was a member of the Chiefs softball team that won back-to-back national championships. Coach Ross played softball throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States.

 

 

Ross’ Coaching Record Year by Year

2020-2021       KCKCC                    41-15    District B Runner-Up     

2019-2020          KCKCC                   7-7      (shortened season due to Covid 19)

2018-2019          KCKCC                   38-20    District D Runner-Up

2017-2018          FSCC                      28-22   

2014-2015          IWCC                     43-18    Region XI Runner-Up

2013-2014          IWCC                     39-20    Region XI Runner-Up

2012-2013          IWCC                     42-14    Region XI Champions/District J Champions/Coach of                                                                            the Year

2011-2012          IWCC                     49-20    Region XI Champions/Coach of the Year

2010-2011          IWCC                     49-14    Region XI Champions/District K Champions/Coach of                                                                           the Year

2009-2010          IWCC                     41-15    Region XI Runner Up

2008-2009          IWCC                     41-20

2007-2008          IWCC                     53-13    Region XI Champions/District K Champions/Coach of                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Year 

2006-2007          IWCC                     38-25    Region XI Champions/Coach of the Year

2005-2006          IWCC                     50-19    Region XI Runner Up

2004-2005          IWCC                     41-20

2003-2004          IWCC                     38-22    Region XI Runner Up

2002-2003          IWCC                     21-18    Region XI Runner Up