In 2012, in her first season as a WNBA coach, Ross coached the Sparks to a second-place finish in the Western Conference, and earned the WNBA Coach of the Year Award.
Ross served as an assistant coach of the U19 team representing the USA at the 2005 FIBA Americas U19 Championship for Women in Tunis, Tunisia. The USA team won all eight of their games, including the championship game against Serbia & Montenegro. Crystal Langhorne hit 77.5% of her field goal attempts, to lead the USA scorers with over 16 points per game. Candice Wiggins was close behind with almost 16 points per game. The USA team was dominant, winning every game by more than 20 points. 1