Veteran coach Tamara Ross brought UC Davis beam squad to unprecedented heights in her six-year stay
After six seasons as an assistant on John Lavallee's women's gymnastics staff, Tamara Ross announced her retirement after the 2015 season -- ending more than 30 years of club and collegiate coaching. Fortunately, the lure of the gym could not pull her away completely: Ross returned to the program as a volunteer assistant in 2016.
A former Sacramento State assistant coach, Ross crossed the Yolo Causeway to join the Aggies as Lavallee's top assistant prior to the 2010 season. She served all aspects of the program, working primarily with balance beam in the gym. In 2012, her work in that particular area earned Ross a nod as the MPSF Assistant Coach of the Year. Two years later, during a historic season in which the Aggies earned their first NCAA team appearance since 1998 and compiled a school-record 195.260 RQS, Ross captured even higher honors: NACGC/W West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The accolade was well-founded, as UC Davis posted six of its seven all-time best beam scores that year, including the school-record 49.175 on February 21.
Ross served eight years as a team choreographer for Hornet mentor Kim Hughes. She served from 1998-2001, then returned in 2004 to coach for four more years. Ross' guidance helped Stefanie Aeder set a school record on floor exercise and qualify for back-to-back NCAA West Regionals.
Between her tenures at the collegiate and club level, Ross brings a quarter-century of experience to the Aggies. As a club coach and a member of the NorCal Coaches Association, she earned Optional Coach of the Year in 1996 and Choreographer of the Year on three occasions (1994, 1995 and 1997).
In 2005, Ross was selected to coach the U.S. open women's gymnastics team at the Maccabi Games in Israel. Under her tutelage, the American squad posted a second-place finish and had individuals finish second on floor and beam.
More locally, Ross served on the Sacramento Sports Commission local organizing committee, helping bring the 1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships to Sacramento.
A 1971 graduate of San Diego State, Ross later earned her master's degree from Sacramento State. She and her husband Arthur have two sons, Brian and Greg.