Sam Ros was at Revere City Hall on Tuesday to receive his own certificate of commendation and proudly watch his relay team receive congratulations on qualifying for the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Oregon last season.
The ceremony was a fitting final moment in Ros’s distinguished career as the head coach of Revere High School’s indoor and outdoor track teams. Ros steps down as leader of the powerful men’s athletics program that won the past Greater Boston League championships and two NEC titles.
“I want to thank Councilor Anthony Cogliandro for doing this for us,” Ros said humbly after the ceremony.
A record holder at RHS
Ros, whose parents fled Cambodia, attended Beachmont Schools (5th grade) Garfield (K-4, 6-8) and graduated in 1998 from Revere High where he tried out for the football team. He switched gears and started running in the cross-country program led by head coach Frank Gallagher. He continued his running career for Steve Pavey’s track teams as a middle distance runner.
Ros is incredibly modest when talking about his high school background. The fact is, Ros set the school record in the 800 yards, beating the mark of Dom Finelli, who went on to an All-American career at Brandeis University. Ros also set the school record in the 1,000 meters.
Ros competed in track at UMass/Amherst Division 1 where he graduated in biology. He is currently working at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology as head of the biological research program.
A 20-year race of excellence
Sam Ros began coaching at Revere High in 2002 as a volunteer assistant to head coaches Steve Pavey and Jack Mosko in the boys’ and girls’ athletics programs.
He became the girls’ athletics head coach in 2008 and took charge of the boys’ athletics program in the 2012–13 season. Its program is one of the school’s most popular, attracting more than 70 athletes each season.
One of his superstar female athletes, Racquel MacDonald, who was the NEC hurdles champion and still holds the school record in the 110 meters and 400 meters hurles. MacDonald then competed for the Division 1 Boston College Eagles. It was Ros’ own runner, the great Michael Fitzpatrick, who broke Ros’ record in the 1,000 meters. Tarik Maddrey won a Division 2 state title in the high jump in 2004 and competed at UMass/Lowell.
“I’m proud of the success of our program, but I did it for the kids,” Ros said. “I actually tried to retire for the past few years, but every year there’s always a group of kids who bring me back and extend my training a bit more. Even now the decision to retire was tough because I have some great athletes in the program right now.
Ros said he was grateful to Revere athletic directors Bob Lospennato, Keith Correia, Sean Hart and Frank Shea, with whom he worked. Ros said he hoped to help Shea select his successor as head coach.
Sam Ros and his wife, Michelle Ros, live in Revere and have a son, Jordan, 6, and a daughter, Piper, 3. Interestingly, Jordan takes karate lessons at Anthony Cogliandro’s Revere Karate Academy. Piper is a student at the Nicole Zervas Dance Academy.
Colleagues praise Ros’ Mandate as head coach
The illustrious hurdler, Racquel MacDonald, served as an assistant staff coach at Ros before becoming the head coach of the women’s track and field team at Revere High. She was one of the recipients of a City Council Commendation for her role as coach of the relay team.
MacDonald expressed his gratitude to Ros for his role in developing his talents and inspiring his love of the sport.
“Everything I know and love about the track, from high school to racing in college and now in practice, is thanks to Sam,” MacDonald said. “He has been a friend, a mentor and, in recent years, a colleague of mine. The effort and love he puts into the Revere High track is unmatched and every student who has been coached by him is so lucky. And I’m so lucky to be a friend of his. Even if he retires, he will always be back to help us, and we are very grateful to him.
Assistant track and field coach Briana Scata, also a Council Citation recipient, competed as a shot putter in Ros’s women’s track and field program.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sam since high school,” said Scata, a 2011 Revere High graduate and current field hockey head coach. “He was my coach and soon after he graduated he got me into coaching. I can’t say enough amazing things about him as a friend, mentor and coach for me too. The program has been so blessed to have him during this time. And we’re sad to see his career come to an end, but it’s been an incredible journey.
The relay team thanks Ros for his dedication to training
After receiving their citations at City Council Monday night, Revere High’s relay team of Keny Guerrero, Mark Marchese, Ricardo Goncalves and JC Cunha each congratulated Sam Rose for the vital role he played in their success and their ultimate journey to the NIKE Outdoor Nationals.
Here are their comments:
“I want to say a big thank you to my coach, Sam Ros, because he taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know on the track. I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life. »
“I just want to say thank you to coach Ros. Even though I didn’t run track and field for the full four years of high school, I wish I had because he was a great coach. experience on the track my favorite sport. And I also played football, so that says a lot.
“I really enjoy having Coach Ros as my coach for the four years. At the start of my first year, I didn’t really like the track because I didn’t like racing, but he made the sport really fun. He guided the team really well and we loved winning. We built a great family and a great connection and going to Oregon really capped off our adventure and our last year together. It was fun to bring home a medal from Oregon at Revere. Couldn’t be happier to represent Revere with the track team.
“Coach Sam has been my coach since I started running cross country in middle school in sixth grade, and now I’m entering my freshman year. I appreciate everything he’s done for me. He’s been like a second father to me. In the winter we went to the Nationals in New York, and that was also a great experience. He helped me become a faster runner. I want him to remain my coach for the rest of my high school career.