ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball program and head coach Erik Bakich announced today (Tuesday, Sept. 4) the hiring of Derrick Ross as its director of baseball operations.
"Derrick will be a tremendous asset to our baseball program," Bakich said. "He brings a unique experience with 15 years of professional baseball and most recently serving as the cross-checker for the Cleveland Indians. We are very excited to have Derrick, his wife Sativa and his three daughters join the Michigan athletics family."
Ross brings more than 15 years of professional baseball experience to Ann Arbor. He comes to U-M from the Cleveland Indians, where he was the team's regional scouting supervisor since September of 2008. In that position, Ross was responsible for cross-checking the top baseball talent in the country and oversaw a staff of area scouts as well as part-time and associate scouts that covered 22 states. One of the key decision-makers during the yearly MLB draft meetings, Ross directed regional meetings with area scouting supervisors and served as a mentor and coach to the Indians' scouts on finding talent and developing skills.
Before he was the regional scouting supervisor for the Indians, Ross was an area scout for the club from 2004-08. In that position, he signed former Wolverines Zach Putnam, Adam Abraham, Doug Pickens and Nate Recknagel. Ross had a five-state and Eastern Canada territory, covering major regional and national amateur events, searching for prospective players. Ross organized open tryout camps and a yearly invite-only camp at Jacobs Field for high-priority players and negotiated signing bonuses, college scholarship plans, and incentives with players, parents and agents.
Ross also was part of the Detroit Tigers organization as an area scout from 1998-2004 and a stadium operations coordinator from 1996-98. His territory for the Tigers included New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Canada, and he also managed coverage of the South Atlantic League, the Cape Cod League and other amateur and pro events. In his role as the stadium operations coordinator, Ross developed a handbook on stadium policies, handled planning and logistics at Comerica Park and hired, scheduled and evaluated the 24-hour in-house security department.
The Rochester, Mich., native has had five players that he has signed reach the Major Leagues. He also scouted and signed three players who became Minor League Pitchers of the Year.
"I'm excited to work with Erik and his staff," Ross said. "This is a great opportunity for myself and my family. Leaving the Cleveland Indians organization was a tough decision but the challenges ahead and being part of bringing Michigan back to a championship level was exciting."
Ross played college baseball at Oakland from 1994-96. A team captain during the 1996 season, Ross was an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and all-academic honoree in 1995. Ross started his collegiate career at Eastern Michigan, attending EMU from 1992-94.
Ross is a 1996 graduate of Oakland University, earning a bachelor of science degree in human resource development.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423