Sumner coach hauls in coach of the year award

Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Foundation honors Sumner Spartans head coach Keith Ross

Staff writerMay 14, 2014 

Sumner Spartans head football coach Keith Ross leads a change of direction drill during spring practice in 2011. Ross was named the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Foundation 2013 coach of the year on May 4.

SHAUN SCOTT/HERALD FILE PHOTO

The 2013 high school football season may be in the rearview mirror but Sumner Spartans head coach Keith Ross and his program’s accomplishments haven’t been forgotten.

Ross, who has been part of the Sumner football program for the past 16 years, was named the 2013 coach of the year by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame on May 4 in University Place. The Spartans went 11-1 and advanced to the Class 2A state quarterfinals during the 2013 season. The commitment to off-season weight training transformed the Spartans into one of the top teams in the Class 2A Division in 2012 and 2013. They won 20 games in two seasons.

“I have been grinding away for the past 16 years to try to get the program where we wanted it to be. These last couple of years we have simplified things as a coaching staff and have done everything we can to work hard and to learn how to win football games,” Ross said.

Ross said his team is prepared for the jump the Class 3A Division this fall. The Spartans played in the Class 2A Division for the past four years, but due to a enlarged enrollment have moved up to 3A in all sports. The South Puget Sound League 3A Division will consist of Sumner, Bonney Lake, Auburn, Auburn-Riverside, Auburn-Mountainview, Peninsula, Enumclaw and Lakes.

“We’re excited about it. The last four years we have learned how to become a very good football program. Even though we are moving up a division, we’re still going to be a good program and play great football,” Ross said. “The league is definitely going to be stronger than last year. We’re looking forward to it.”

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com. Twitter @herald_shaun

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