Veteran mentor Robin Ross is the only new member of the UNLV coaching staff in 2011 and will oversee the Rebel linebackers this season as well as serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Ross came to Las Vegas after finishing his second year as tight ends coach as a graduate assistant at Oregon State. Previous to that he spent three seasons as the head coach at NCAA Division II Western Washington University before that institution eliminated its football program after the 2008 season.
Ross is also a veteran of the Pac-10 Conference, having coached at Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State during his career. He began his coaching career at Long Beach State and made stops that included Cincinnati, Washington State, Iowa State, Fresno State and Oregon before he spent two seasons coaching in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, including the 2000 AFC West Championship squad. He later returned to Oregon and then OSU before taking over as head coach at WWU. In the program's final season, he led the Vikings to a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1999.
Ross received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Washington State in 1977. He played as an offensive lineman at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Calif., before transferring to WSU where he earned second team All-Pac-8 and became a 10th round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers in 1976.
The native of Huntington Park, CA, has a wife, Jean.