Bill Ross 2021


LaSalle High School 1951

Michigan State University 1955

Bachelor of Arts History/Political Science, Minor on Physical Education

Master’s in Elementary Administration


Career Highlights Niagara Wheatfield

¨ 12 years as school administrator at Edward Town Junior High School

¨ Hired as District Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation in 1977

¨ Also served as an assistant principal for the rest of his career

¨ Helped establish Boys Lacrosse in Section VI

¨ Helped initiate the Girl’s Lacrosse program in Section VI, 1985

¨ Was the administrator who established a full girls sports program at his school

¨ Worked to overcome three defeated school budgets by leading the fundraising which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being raised Honors

¨ Niagara Falls City School District Athletic Hall of Fame, 1999

¨ Niagara Frontier League Key Person, 1997 & 2003

¨ Western New York High School Sports Gordon Bukaty Award, 2002

¨ Section VI Football Federation Award, 2002

¨ Niagara Wheatfield Hall of Fame, 2003

¨ Niagara PAL Athletic Award, 2004

¨ New York State Athletic Administrator’s Hall of Fame, 2016

¨ Niagara Wheatfield Wall of Fame, 2017

¨ Niagara Wheatfield dedicated their athletic complex to William L. Ross Other Notables

¨ New York State Athletic Administrators Association active member and Association President in 1999-2000

¨ Retired Lieutenant Colonel after 28-year Active Duty and Reserve commitment

¨ 30-year elected government official in Niagara County

¨ 12 Terms as Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature

¨ 16 years as Trustee on the Niagara County Community College board. Chairperson for 3 years 

¨ Scholarship football player at Michigan State winning a National Championship in 1952, Big Ten title in 1953 and a Rose Bowl in 1954