Patty Ross
Patty Ross
Title: Faculty Coordinator for Student-Athlete Engagement
Phone: 802.443.5006
Alma Mater: New Hampshire '82
Years at Middlebury: 33

Ross moved into a new role in the fall of 2016 after 29 years of coaching at the College. As the faculty coordinator for student-athlete engagement, Ross supports athletics in several different areas. She heads up the department's efforts throughout the community in conjunction with the Center for Community Engagement. Ross also coordinates sustainability efforts within athletics as well as assist with the intramural department.

Ross spent 29 years as an assistant coach for the Middlebury nordic skiing program. The veteran coach continues to assist the track & field teams, while taking on some administrative duties.

Ross joined the Middlebury staff in 1987 as an assistant nordic ski coach. During her time, she coached 18 Panthers who achieved All-American status. Three of her former skiers, Garrott Kuzzy '06, Simi Hamilton '09, and current head nordic coach Andrew Johnson, have represented the United States in the Olympic Games.

Several of Ross' former skiers have moved into coaching positions, including Barney Hodges '91 at Middlebury High School, Matt Whitcomb '01 for the U.S. Ski Team, Molly Enman '97 at St. Michael's College, and Johnson for Middlebury. Also in the coaching ranks are Colin Rodgers '04 at Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Kuzzy at Green Mountain Valley School, Matt Johnson '08 at Montana State University, Kate Barton '09 at Burke Mountain Academy and now the assistant coach at Middlebury, and Chase Marston '12 at Stratton Mountain School.

Ross came to the College after four years of world-class competition. She was one of five American women nordic skiers to compete in the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984. Ross also competed internationally with the U.S. National Team from 1983 to 1986. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1982, where she was an All-East collegiate skier and captain of the Wildcat team. While at UNH, Ross competed in the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.

As a coach for the International Special Olympic Games, she received a Distinguished Service Award in 1984. She was also a coach for the U23/World Junior Championships in Italy in 2008.