Ricky Ross has been apart of a dominant program the last five years.
Now he gets to be in charge of one.
He has been named the new head coach at South Pittsburg replacing Vic Grider who recently resigned.
Ross, 38, has been the Defensive Coordinator at Calhoun (GA) under Hal Lamb the last five seasons was chosen over 140 applicants for the job.
"I think we hit the lottery by hiring Ricky Ross," South Pittsburg Athletic Director Vic Grider said. "He is so impressive in so many ways and has all of the traits necessary to continue the proud tradition of excellence in our program. We feel very fortunate to be able to get him on board and are excited about the future."
He has helped Calhoun over the last five years to a 69-6 record and a Class AA State Championship and an undefeated season in 2011.
In fact the Yellow Jackets have made the state title game the last five years finishing runner up in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The Yellow Jackets had a 29 game winning streak in the 2011-12 seasons.
Calhoun has won eight consecutive region titles as well.
Before coming to Calhoun, he was the Defensive Coordinator at Landmark Christian and Adairsville.
Ross replaces Grider who finished with a 168-47 record and won three Class 1A in 1999, 2007 and 2010.
Under Grider, the Pirates have won 10 or more games, 11 of his 16 seasons as head coach.
The Pirates had two undefeated seasons in 2007 and 2010 and they won 10 district titles.
South Pittsburg finished 8-4 this year which included a 14-13 loss to Gordonsville in the Quarterfinals.