Darien assistant coach Dr. Mitchell Ross has been hired as Ludlowe’s next head football coach, it was announced Wednesday. The news was first reported by the @SportsFairfield Twitter account and then confirmed by the Ruden Report and Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.
Ross, Tufts and Harvard graduate who practices dermatology in Greenwich, had been with Darien since 2005 and is responsible for creating one of the state’s most explosive offenses in recent seasons, culminating in back-to-back Class LL championships and the New Haven Register’s No. 1 ranking in 2015 and 2016.
Darien led the state in total offense last season with 2,181 yards rushing and 3,501 yards passing for a total of 5,682 (437.1 per game). Darien’s quarterbacks have been among the state leaders every year since 2008.
Ross replaces Vincent Camera, who resigned after the team went 0-10 last season. Camera was 12-29 in four seasons as Ludlowe’s coach.
Since re-emerging as a program when Fairfield High School split in 2004, Ludlowe’s football program has produced just two winning seasons: 5-4 in 2009 under Matt McCloskey and 6-5 in 2013, Camera’s first season.
Ross is the fourth Ludlowe head coach since the Fairfield split.
Current Darien assistant Mike Forget was the first coach of the revived program from 2004-2007.
Roger Ludlowe High School fielded a football program from 1931 until 1987 when it was merged with Andrew Warde High School to create Fairfield High School.
Ludlowe’s high watermark for success was winning the Waskowitz Trophy as the state’s No. 1 team in 1961 and was ranked in the final New Haven Register Top 10 four times in the 1960s.
No Fairfield public high school team has ever competed in the state playoffs during the CIAC era, which began in 1976.