May 8, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will begin the search for a new men’s golf head coach, as Ernest Ross will not return as the Rebels’ head coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Ross Bjork Thursday.
“Ernest has provided steady and successful leadership of our golf program for a long time, and we appreciate both of his stints as our head coach,” Bjork said. “As a member of our M-Club Hall of Fame, Ernest has made tremendous contributions to our program, and we wish him and his family the best as they move forward.”
In 17 seasons at Ole Miss over two tenures, Ross led the Rebels to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, although the last berth came in 2010. Ross’ Rebels posted a fourth-place NCAA finish in 1985 and captured the 1984 SEC Championship and 27 regular-season tournament titles. He also earned two SEC Coach of the Year awards in 1982 and 1984.
“As we evaluated the current state of the program and our vision for the future, we felt a change was needed to give us the best chance to regain a competitive position in the SEC and NCAA landscape,” said Bjork. “We have great facilities with the Ole Miss Golf Course, Herrington Golf Center, an excellent driving range and a practice putting surface soon to be completed. All of these assets provide a nationally competitive and teachable platform for golf success. This is an attractive job because of the tremendous momentum at Ole Miss, and we will begin a national search immediately.”
Ross played for the Rebels from 1971-73 and later became the head coach from 1979 until 1987. He returned to his alma mater in 2004 after spending 16 years as the head professional at the Country Club of Jackson.