Ross Humphries named head football coach

New coaching staff announced

Sam Heikell, Sports Editor
Originally published February 22, 2016

This morning, Athletic Director Carrie Burr announced that the football program has finished building the new football coaching staff.

“I am excited to announce Ballard Alum class of 2003, Ross Humphries, as the new Head Football Coach for Ballard High School,” Burr said. “Coach Humphries has been working hard to gather his staff, all Ballard graduates from 1980-2008. Humphries and his staff are committed to being a positive presence at Ballard.”

Since previous head coach Joey Thomas resigned early last month, Burr has been working hard for the last month to get a new coach finalized. A committee of three current players, one football alum from the 03’ state runner up team, a coach from the 03’ team, the Athletic Booster Club Co-President, Principal Keven Wynkoop, and Burr was formed to interview the five remaining coaching candidates on Saturday, Feb. 3. Each applicant had 30 minute interview followed by a student led tour of the campus. The committee made an almost unanimous decision to pick Humphries.

“I can honestly say this coach will build upon what Coach Thomas and his players have already done, in addition to changing what we know Ballard Football to be,” Burr said. “I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to share with you his vision. If I had a son, I would want him to play for this coach.”

Some of his staff members are:

Adam Kruse (’03)

Colin Mathisen (’08)

Dan DeLong (’99)

Erik Kruse (’05)

Jerome Williams (’05)

Nick Thornton-Jack (’05)

Rashad Childs (’06)

Ron West (’80)

Ross Humphries (’03)

Sam Humphries (’77)