Ross Hodge Named Associate Head Coach At North Texas
15-Year Coaching Veteran Returns To Texas
DENTON - Ross Hodge, a 15-year coaching veteran, has been named the associate head coach for North Texas men's basketball, head coach Grant McCasland announced Thursday.
"Coach Hodge has made a monumental impact on every program he has been a part of and we are blessed to have him join the Mean Green family," McCasland said. "Not only is he an outstanding basketball mind and elite recruiter, but truly cares about mentoring our student-athletes on a daily basis. He gets winning at the highest level and his knowledge for the game is only exceeded by his passion for helping our students reach their dreams and fulfill their potential not only as basketball players, but students and men. We are fortunate to have Coach Hodge, Shelly, Emery and Reed join our family."
Hodge joins the Mean Green after spending a season with McCasland at Arkansas State. Hodge was named the No. 6 recruiter in an ESPN.com top-10 list of recruiters outside the high-resource conferences. Hodge was a part of Arkansas State's fourth 20-win season in school history and had the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I basketball in 2016-17.
"It's an honor and a blessing to serve as coach McCasland's associate head coach," said Hodge. "I've always admired his coaching ability and his impact on every program he has been a part of. Even more impressive is the person he is and his servant leadership approach. After getting the chance to work with him last year and see his daily approach to serving those around him, I feel even more fortunate to be in this position."
Prior to Arkansas State, Hodge spent four seasons with head coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. Hodge served as the lead recruiter at Colorado State and helped the Rams to an 87-48 record over his four-year stint. During his time at Colorado State, the Rams advanced to postseason play twice, including the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
During Hodge's time in Fort Collins, the Rams completed a four-year stretch with 87 wins, the most in program history. Colorado State led the Mountain West in scoring each of the past two seasons, ranking 36th nationally in 2015-16 averaging 79.4 points. The Rams posted a program-best 27-7 record in 2014-15, concluding the year with an NIT appearance.
Hodge was named a top-five assistant coach in the Mountain West conference by Next Up Recruits in 2013. The Rams went 26-9 in 2012-13 bowing out in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion Louisville. The Rams led the nation in rebound margin (+11.9) and ranked 31st in scoring margin (+9.3) and Colorado State entered the national polls for the first time since 1954.
Hodge joined the Division I coaching ranks when he was hired by Eustachy as an assistant coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2011-12 season. The Golden Eagles posted a 25-9 record and finished second in Conference USA with an 11-5 mark. Southern Miss received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed.
Before joining Eustachy at Southern Miss, Hodge compiled a record of 146-24 in head coaching stints at Midland Junior College (2009-11) and Paris Junior College (2006-09). In his two-year stint with Midland College, Hodge guided the Chaparrals to an impressive 63-7 (.900) record. Hodge saw his 2010-11 squad post a 33-4 record while winning the Western Junior College Athletics Conference Title, the Region V Tournament championship and advance to the NJCAA Championship game. In his first season (2009-10), following McCasland's departure to Midwestern State, Hodge led Midland College to their best start in program history (26-0) and an appearance in the Region V Tournament title game.
Hodge coached for four years at Paris Junior College, the last three as head coach. In those three seasons, Hodge led the Dragons to an 83-17 (.830) record. The Dragons won two Texas Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships and in 2006-07 he was named the conference coach of the year. The following season, Hodge earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors after his team won the Region 14 Tournament and finished eighth in the NJCAA Tournament.
Between 2003 and 2005 Hodge served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he helped the Lions to the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference Championship, and a spot in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.