Metheny hired by Kansas State

Ross Metheny

Coaching in college football is all about networking, and Ross Metheny is on his way to building an impressive resume early in his career.

The 2009 Sherando graduate was recently hired as a graduate assistant at Kansas State University, and just started working in Manhattan, Kansas this week.

“It’s been good. I’m starting to get settled in,” Metheny said in a phone interview. “The people have been great. The coaches have been great. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I think it will be fun.”

Metheny was a graduate assistant last year at South Alabama University, where he had been the quarterback for the two years prior to that.

Metheny helped coach the offense at South Alabama, but will be a defensive coach, mostly working with the secondary, for the Wildcats.

“It will be a change of pace,” Metheny said. “I’m excited about the challenge. I think I will learn a lot.”

Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder is the winningest coach in Kansas State history. The 75-year old has 187 wins in his college coaching career, including 177 at Kanasas State.

Metheny played two years at the University of Virginia, where he received his undergraduate degree.

He then transferred to South Alabama, where in his senior season he threw for 2,622 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also ran for 604 yards and 10 touchdowns for the school, which became a Football Bowl Subdivision school in 2013.

Last year, Metheny took the graduate assistant job with the Jaguars and head coach Joey Jones. The Jaguars went 6-7, and made a bowl game for the first time. They lost in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl to Bowling Green, 33-28. Metheny said it was a good experience.

“I wish we would have went when I was playing,” Metheny said with a laugh. “It was fun to be a part of it, nonetheless. When you step back and you think about the fact that the year before that you were the quarterback, that makes you proud. I enjoyed working with coach Jones and his staff and I was proud to see the program continue to grow. To know that you were an integral part of that is rewarding.”

Metheny said he is excited to work with Synder and his staff at Kansas State. The Wildcats are in the Big 12 Conference, and went 9-4 last season. They finished ranked 18th in the polls, and lost 40-35 to UCLA in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

“This is definitely the cream of the crop. This is big time college football,” Metheny said. “I can’t wait to learn everything I can from coach Snyder and his staff.”

Metheny said he won’t start graduate-school classes until the fall, which gives him time to focus on football and “soak it all in.”

Metheny said he wants to coach at the college level after he’s done with school, and even though he didn’t play defense in high school or college he thinks it will help him as a coach.

“Right now I’m just trying to learn a lot of the terminology. It’s like learning a new language,” Metheny said. “I’m just trying to learn what I can on the dark side of the ball. I think it will be a fun challenge, and I think down the road it will help me be a more well-rounded coach. If I’m an offensive coordinator someday I think it will help me be much more prepared, knowing more about the defensive side of the ball.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com