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May 14, 2014

Ex-Roughers quarterback now coach at Porter

Zac Ross is coming back home.

The former Muskogee Rougher quarterback is back in the area as a head coach. Ross was approved Monday as Porter’s new head football coach, replacing Ron Coppedge.

It’s his first head coaching job for Ross, who played at MHS under Ron Lancaster. His father, David Ross, brought football back to Bacone as the head coach there when the sport resumed in 2001.

“I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach. My dad was one and it’s been in my blood,” he said. “It’s good to to get back to this part of Oklahoma.”

Zac Ross played football and graduated from Harding University and has three assistant jobs in three years. He was the offensive coordinator one year at Mobile (Ala.) Christian, then moved to Winters, Texas and wound up at San Angelo (Texas) Grape Creek last year.

“I wasn’t trying to stay just one year, it just worked that way and each step has led to something better,” he said. “My wife was from Amarillo and this kind of gets us closer to my side of the family but more in between.”

David Ross is living in Kansas City, Mo., where he is in the artificial turf business. He was involved in the deals that brought the second turf for Creek Nation Field and also Leo Donahue/Tiger Stadium in Fort Gibson.

He started spring ball today. He inherits a program that went two rounds deep into the Class B (eight-man) playoffs as late as 2009 but hasn’t had a winning season since moving to 11-man following that campaign.

“”The kids seem excited and that’s what I want to do is bring some excitement back to the community,” he said. “They’ve been through some rough times. I think we’re all ready to go to work and see where it takes us.”

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