Legendary hurdles coach Wilbur Ross dies
Recognized throughout the world as one of the premier hurdles coaches in history, track coach Wilbur Ross died on Wednesday, August 8, in Hollywood, Fla. He was 80.
Ross, who mentored such luminaries as National Track & Field Hall of Famers Greg Foster, Roger Kingdom and Renaldo Nehemiah among many others, achieved success coaching at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Maryland State) and Winston Salem State University, where he is a mamber of its Hall of Fame. Ross was a standout athlete at Baldwin Wallace College, where he graduated in 1950 and later was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.
Ross, who had been hospitalized since May 16 battling several illnesses, is survived by his wife of 43 years Norma, children Pamela, Wilbur Jr., Beverett, Ricardo and Tony, along with several grandchildren.
Services will be held from 2-5 p.m., at Panciera Memorial Home, 4200 Hollywood, Fla., 33021. Phone: 954-989-9900.
Brilliant man…I hope that some of his information will resurface as his book doesn’t do justice to what he knew. He was a great man and the track world will miss him.