David A. Ross

January 25, 2010 

His job: Attorney, McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Age: 31

Family: Wife, Kelley Lynn; one child, Jackson, 1

Education: Bachelor's degree in history and law degree, both from USC

Community/professional involvement: Board member, S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame, Columbia Tip Off Club and Carolina Ravens Inc.; assistant varsity boys basketball coach, Cardinal Newman High School; head coach, S.C. Ravens 16/17 Under AAU basketball team

His story: The Florida native played on the USC basketball team under coach Eddie Fogler. He stayed in Columbia and taught geography and U.S. history at W.J. Keenan High School, while serving as head B-team and varsity assistant basketball coach.

After law school, Ross was the law clerk to S.C. Circuit Judge L. Casey Manning and started practicing real estate law with Tyler, Cassell, Jackson, Peace and Silver. Then McAngus Goudelock and Courie asked him to come in and revamp its real estate practice. The practice averages about 40 closings a month, up from 10 before his arrival. And his AAU team won the state title last year.

What saying does he live by? "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

His life changed when ... His wife moved to Columbia with him. "She is not only the mother of my child, but a tower of strength that is my constant advocate and friend. She holds me together."

How did he recover after failing at something? "In my second year playing for the Gamecock basketball team, we had a senior-laden team that vastly underachieved. We only won eight games. Despite having so many upperclassmen, no one, including myself, stepped up as a leader.

"Although I was never the most athletically gifted player, at the end of that miserable season I knew that I certainly had the credentials to be able to lead what was going to be a very young team over the next two years. I was elected captain by my teammates for both of those seasons."

What does he think makes a great coach? "It is tremendously difficult to mold various individuals with varying skill sets into a working, coherent unit. To me, a great coach is one who can instill in his players the values that are a prerequisite for having a successful team.

"Great effort, team work, intelligence, pride and fortitude are all key ingredients that I have tried to teach to my players. It is these skills, not the ability to run, jump or score baskets, that will serve them best throughout their future careers."

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