WBB: Jan Ross Wins WBCA's Carol Eckman Award

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NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma assistant women's basketball coach Jan Ross is the winner of the 2013 Carol Eckman Award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

The Carol Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA member coach who exemplifies Eckman's spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.


Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012 and battled the devastating news and disease with the passion and veracity that she has exhibited as a coach and mentor to student-athletes for more than two decades.

"In a battle like that, you search for the positives," Ross said. "Whatever positives you can pull out of it, you pull out of it. Being able to inspire and educate through my own personal battle with cancer -- that's a definite positive."

The fight thrust the unassuming assistant into the national spotlight, where Ross has voiced the causes of the late Jim Valvano and Kay Yow, and the women's basketball community at large, in spreading awareness about the disease and promoting early detection.

"Being a spiritual person, I've always tried to be a good role model. Fighting breast cancer just gave me a chance to show our team that if you do things right, everything will be OK. Regardless of the outcome, do things right."

Ross is now cancer free and completes regularly-scheduled checkups. (Read More at SoonerSports.com)